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

Mariners 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Moore. He struggled early. Of the first 12 batters he faced, he gave up 5 hits and 11 total bases (including the 3 stolen bases). But then he settled down and retired the last 17 batters he faced. Interestingly, he dominated those last 17, but only 4 went down on strikes…Matt Joyce. Joyce is the one bat we can feel good about right now and he nearly tied the game with 2 outs in the 9th when he hit a line drive off the wall in right field. If he gets any elevation at all on that ball, they are probably heading to extra innings.

THE BAD: Hideki Matsui. It was just one at bat, but when the Rays have the tying and winning runs on base with 2 outs in the 9th, Rays fans let out a sigh of disgust when they saw Matsui walking to the plate. And after popping up to end the game, Matsui is now 0 for his last 16…EJ and BJ. After Desmond Jennings reached on an error to lead-off the 8th, and he moved to second on a ground ball, the Rays had 2 shots to get the speedster home to tie the game. Elliot Johnson then grounded out on a 3-1 hitters count, and BJ Upton popped-up on another 2-1 hitters count.

THE TELLING: Brandon Gomes was optioned back to triple-A after the game. No corresponding move yet…Jeff Niemann had a bullpen session prior to Sunday’s game and Alex Cobb says there is swelling in his leg, but should make his next start…The Rays are now 49-47, 2.5 games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card spot. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays now have a 16.6% shot at making the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Nick Cafardo on the Pirates: “They may also be interested in BJ Upton.” [Boston.com]
  • Jon Heyman says the Angels and Tigers “have interest” in trading for James Shields (They were two of the 7 teams in attendance on Friday night). [CBSSports]
  • Joe Maddon says he will keep using Hideki Matsui in key situations. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Rays’ navy blue is common (3 other teams use exact same blue), but it is not nearly as common as the Yankees’ blue (8 teams). [TheScore]
  • The Cubs are the latest team to go with a themed road trip. [Larry Brown Sports]
  • The Bucs are no longer using iPads? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Rochester 5, DURHAM 1 (gm 1). With a depleted bullpen thanks to the Rays needs, Jim Paduch delivered a complete game (7 innings) despite giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in 7 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1…C Stephen Vogt was 2-3 with a double and a home run, his 9th.

DURHAM 4, Rochester 3 (gm 2). 1B Henry Wrigley was 2-4 including the game-winning walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th. He is hitting .341…Chris Archer worked just 2.2 innings with a strict pitch limit. He struck out 1 and gave up 4 hits and 1 run…LF Leslie Anderson was 1-3 with his 10th home run, a 3-run shot.

MONTGOMERY 5, Birmingham 4 (10). Nick Barnese gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, striking out 3 and walking 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4 with a walk…DH Kyeong Kang hit his 12th home run and walked twice.

Clearwater @ CHARLOTTE. postponed

Clinton 10, BOWLING GREEN 9. RF Drew Vettleson hit his 9th home run and went 3-4, driving in 4. He also stole 16 bases…DH Cameron Seitzer was 3-5 with a double and a triple.

HUDSON VALLEY 8, Aberdeen 2. SS Ryan Dunn hit his first home run of the year, a 3-run shot.

PRINCETON 13, Johnson City 3. Andrew Toles went 3-4 with his first home run of the year, a grand slam.

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4 Comments

  1. Boxauthor says:

    I think we should bring up Vettleson! That must drive the opposing pitchers CRAZY!

  2. don says:

    Matsui is just another example of the on going saga of “JOE knows Best”
    Maddon knows he gets criticism for things like using Matsui and guys like Pena Hitting 2nd…and he is going to continue to do stupid things that hurt the team chances to win, but are glossed over in the media and by unknowledgeable fans(who Joe says know nothing)..the ship is leaking water and Maddon makes the hole bigger..

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Vettleson stole 16 bases? That’s quite a game!

  4. phil says:

    Patience!

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