The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

A’s 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price. He probably deserves to be in both the good and the bad. He struck out 11 and walked just 2. But he had a great opportunity to deliver a perfectly scripted 7-1-1 (starter, setup, closer). And after striking out the first two batters of the 7th inning, he looked like he was going to do just that. But then he grooved a 1-1 fastball to the A’s #9 hitter. And a guy hitting under .200 tied the game with a home run…The Bullpen. It wasn’t the bullpen’s fault the Rays lost. Giving up just 1 run in 7.2 innings is a great night. They did have 5 unintentional walks, but they struck out 10 and gave up just 5 hits.

THE BAD: BJ Upton. 0-7. That is all…Running Out Of A Good Opportunity. The Rays had a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning and a good chance to extend the lead. That’s when  Carlos Pena was thrown out trying to go from first to third on a single. And then Jose Molina was caught stealing on what I hope was a missed hit-and-run sign with Sean Rodriguez.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 0-5 all-time in games that lasted at least 15 innings. That’s not cool. Last night’s game lasted over 5 hours and did not end until after 3:00 am east coast time…Jeff Keppinger was warming up in case the game went any longer…The Rays are now 53-50, 3.0 games behind the Angels in the Wild Card…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Things are going well with Evan Longoria and he could rejoin the team as the DH on Friday. Also, Jeff Niemann is still on track to rejoin the club sometime in August. [TampaBay.com]
  • Do all of the walks offset the lack of hits? [TBO.com]
  • If you are a Bucs fan, be sure to check out Joe Bucs Fan’s coverage of training camp. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Norfolk 7, DURHAM 6.

Mississippi 14, MONTGOMERY 5.

Tampa 6, CHARLOTTE 2.

BOWLING GREEN 3, West Michigan 1.

HUDSON VALLEY 7, Williamsport 4.

PRINCETON 8, Burlington 2.

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  1. Alex says:

    Hits and putting the ball in play is almost always better than a walk. Why? When you put the ball in play guys make errors, things can happen that won't happen with walks. Walks are nice if you have a speedy guy get on, but otherwise there is only one outcome to a walk barring really unusual circumstances. Walks don't do you any good if 90% of the people coming up behind you can't hit worth a damn anyway. I'd rather have a team full of Jeff Kepingers than a team full of Pena's.

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  2. s says:

    $12.5 million offer to BJ Upton in order to secure a end of 1st round pick. cork, you seriously don't think the FO is that stupid do you? like i said yesterday, what would happen if he took it? they would crap themselves.

    trade him today for ANYTHING and dump his salary for the rest of the year. get SOMETHING for him.

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    • Ken says:

      B.J. is not going to accept the Rays one year offer of $12-13M when he can get close to what Adam Jones received from the O's ($85M over 6 years). B.J. is no fool!!. However, there are GM's that are fools who will pay him big money. B.J. and his dad have waited all these years for him to become a FA, and thus receive the big pay day. He will not risk losing tens of millions of dollars by accepting a one year deal with the Rays. B.J. is going to assume some team is going to offer him multiple years at more than $12M/year and thus turn down the Rays offer this winter. He saw what happened to C.C. in Boston. B.J. could get hurt next year and it would cost him tens of millions of dollars.

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  3. KT says:

    Pinch hitting Conrad for Joyce made me want to pull out my hair immediately. I could smell the strikeout instantly. I know it's a lefty but at that point Joyce is the superior hitter. Why not give him one crack of the bat and then bunt the guys over? Yeah Roberts who was on deck has been cold but I'd rather have 2nd and third with a sac fly opp than 1st and 2nd for Conrad.

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  4. Joe says:

    That is the SECOND time this week we lost and you can point right at Conrad for Joyce (you know, Matt can strike out just as well) with 1st and 2nd 0 outs and Joe lets him swing away. We need Evan back if only so Joe can't turn to Conrad anymore, it's like "Matsui is gone, let me make sure I use my worst option left!"

    Alas, it was the over agressive running, the fastball down the middle to the #9 hitter, the 0 for 12 (0 for 14 if you toss in Fuld) top 2 hitters and pitchers working so hard that only Badenhop was able to give more than 1 inning. You feel a lot better if Wade can give you 2 or 3 but he was taxed big time in his only inning.

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  5. Beth says:

    Honestly, can't say the the 0-5 record in 15+ inning games bothers me. Such games happen about once every two or three years, so it's too small a sample size to mean anything -- and besides, by the time you get to the point where your backup second baseman is pitching, the outcome is a crap shoot.

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  6. Beazy says:

    LOL, there isn't many Rays games that I feel that I was probably the only person in Ocala listening to the game @ quarter after 3 this morning...
    Let me just say, man, if we only had a team that got a few more hits, just a few more, and would probably be leading the WC...

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