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

Orioles 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Cy Young? In a season of great starts, David Price may have had his best yet when tossed 8 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks. It was just the third time this season he has worked 8 full innings. But this one was wasted as the Rays couldn’t get the win. The Rays are now 14-8 in games started by Price and 42-44 in all other games.

THE BAD: Epitomized. This game summed up the Rays season perfectly. Great pitching. No hitting. And an injury. David Price had his great start wasted. The Rays haven’t scored a run since the 6th inning on Friday night. And Ben Zobrist left with back spasms. The Rays say it is not serious, which means he is probably headed to the DL (I joke!)…Curious Coaching. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Rays got the leadoff runner on and then Joe Maddon had Sean Rodriguez bunt him over to second. It didn’t work as Joyce got thrown out at third and then Ryan Roberts struck out. But what is curious is that Maddon did not do the same thing in the 7th inning after Carlos Pena singled to start the inning. The Rays are not a big bunting team. But it was clear 1 run was going to win this game. And Maddon showed he will bunt when just 1 run is needed. Instead, Roberts (who is hitting .094 with the Rays) flied out and the Rays didn’t score.

THE TELLING: Amazingly, the back-to-back shutouts were just the 4th and 5th times this season the Rays have been shutout…The Orioles have won 11 straight extra-inning games…Hak-Ju Lee had his streak of reaching base in 46 straight games snapped on Saturday…The Rays are now 56-52, 2 games behind the A’s and Tigers in the Wild Card, but also behind the Angels and Orioles…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 26.4% chance of making the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon says it is “50-50″ that the Rays’ next game on Tuesday will have Evan Longoria in the lineup. [Marc Topkin]
  • Luke Scott could start a rehab assignment by the end of the week. But he might as well take his time. If Evan Longoria does come back this week, there won’t be a lot of at bats for Scott. Also, Jeff Niemann will make the first of four rehab starts on Wednesday. [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin spoke to Stu Sternberg about the state of the team. [TampaBay.com]
  • Don’t look now, but JP Howell is pitching very well. But it’s OK to keep hating him, because the Rays have other good relievers and Howell’s antics are annoying. [TampaBay.com]
  • Wait. The Bucs are spending money? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Gwinnett 6, DURHAM 4. Cesar Ramos’ third start since moving to the rotation did not go as well as the last one, giving up 3 runs in 4 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 2…DH Evan Longoria went 2-3 with a walk…SS Reid Briganc was 2-2 with a walk, but did commit his 8th error…1B Henry Wrigley and RF Leslie Anderson each went 0-3 and are hitting .323 and .309 respectively.

Jacksonville 7, MONTGOMERY 1. Jake Thompson gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 4. His ERA is now 5.43…SS Hak-Ju Lee hit his 4th home run and also drew a walk…DH Kyeong Kang went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts.

Jupiter 2, CHARLOTTE 0. Victor Mateo gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out 3 and walking none…1B Phil Wunderlich had 3 of the Stone Crabs’ 5 hits, all singles.

Fort Wayne 7, BOWLING GREEN 2 (GM 1). CF Drew Vettleson was 2-3 with his 11th home run….LF Josh Sale went 2-4.

BOWLING GREEN 7, FORT WAYNE 4 (GM 2). 3B Tyler Goeddel went 2-3 with a double and a triple and drove in 3 runs.

HUDSON VALLEY @ Jamestown. postponed

Kingsport 3, PRINCETON 1. SS Brandon Martin went 1-4 with a double.

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15 Comments

  1. KT says:

    When Peña got that single I was telling at the tv screen, “BUNT! BUNT!”. My cries were not answered, much like most of the fans cries for some logical offensive maneuvering or reinforcement through trades. Pretty much sums it all up. They really don’t seem to care.

  2. Chris says:

    You’ve had a lot of fun making fun of Molina’s running. Wait till Longoria shows up. I know it’s just a fan’s view, but he really does not look good and his “slide” last night was laughable. He did laugh. A patted the 2B on the ass, after he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Poor decision, poor base running, poor hitting. I know the Bulls exist only to help the Rays, but it would be nice if folks were more honest about how poor Longoria looks. A great ballplayer, but he is not playing great baseball. He’s been essentially dead weight in the Bulls lineup for last 6 or 7 games. Call him up!
    The risk, of course, is that he’ll really try down your way and re-injure himself. Here he’s just having fun, except for those brief moments of focus at the plate.

    • Beth says:

      I’m sure it’s frustrating to watch if you actually want the Bulls to win, but Longoria’s job there is to treat this like spring training, and not to help the team win games. Sorry.

      But clearly he’s not going to be helping anyone much on the base paths. I guess he’s going to need to do a “Kirk Gibson” for us on a regular basis.

      • DRR says:

        I agree, call him up! He is just dead-weight for us here in Durham.

      • DRR says:

        Whoops, hit submit too soon.

        Was going to add that it is much more than just poor baserunning right now. We have guys on the bench here that would be better in the lineup at DH right now. I don’t know if it is a lack of interest, effort or what, but without context he does not look like an asset right now.

  3. s says:

    another great move by the FO at the trade deadline. roberts hitting .094. this following .147 huge pickup in dogzilla.

    no help, and the pitching keeps on delivering. something has to change. their is a HUGE ceiling on how far pitching will take us. yet our FO continues to stay on the same path.

  4. Tanyon Sturtze says:

    Yuniesky Betancourt got DFA’d last night. It’d be a great pickup for the Rays.

    Also, bunting does not increase run expectancy so shut up.

    Also, as long as Longoria has a pulse and can hit .250, he’s an upgrade over almost everyone in the lineup.

    • Drew says:

      All valid points, except I don’t think I’ve ever heard the words “great” and “Yuniesky” used in the same sentence, and for good reason.

    • KT says:

      “Also, bunting does not increase run expectancy so shut up.”

      Haha, very eloquent. But even if that were correct, I think you’ve forgotten which team we’re talking about here. I’ll take Peña at 2nd with 1 out over Peña at 1st & Roberts up with no outs all day. At least then there’s a chance something happens, a la some passed balls, wild pitches, errors, sac flies, etc.

      Until some of these hitters prove otherwise, this team needs to do the little things to score runs.

  5. Gus says:

    This team is eerily reminiscent of the 1998-2001 Buccaneers. Fataly flawed offensively, wasting a once in a generation defense/pitching effort. Les Steckel must be the batting coach. it will be a shame this year if they don;t make the world series with these pitchers. Amazing that Friedman did nothing but add an .097 guy to the roster at the deadline. I’d much prefer Durham players who at least have upside and can improve (like Lobaton, for example, who is at least passable).

    Sounds like Longo is giving an effort but he won’t be much help. Sam Fuld will be his courtsey runner when he reaches base and DH the rest of the game I guess.

  6. phil says:

    keppinger should play 3rd on a full time basis ..zobrist second base with longo DHing and the outfield should be joyce, jennings and upton.

    Ryan Roberts and Luke Scott had their chances!

    • Tom says:

      Roberts has only had 31 at bats, give the guy a chance. He has played decently in the past and his defense has been solid.

      • Gus says:

        Keppinger is really flawed defensively and Roberts (so far in 2012 here and in Arizona) appears to be flawed defensively. I think we’ll see a little of both. I think it is an open question as to whether the team is better if Longo is moving as bad as the Durham fans are reporting because it displaces Keppinger from DH where he’s been good and puts him in the field, where he is terrible.

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