The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 3, Marlins 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Roberto Hernandez. Not-Fausto needed a good start and he delivered his best start yet for the Rays. After giving up a lead-off hit in the first inning, he retired 26 of the next 27 batters, before giving up another single with 2 outs in the 9th. It was that single that kept him from his first complete game since 2010. And of course he had the groundball working, recording 12 outs by grounder…Desmond Jennings. Well, he got on base, and that’s what the Rays need from Jennings. He had 2 singles and a walk. And that should lead to Flash causing havoc on the bases, but…
THE BAD: Desmond Jennings. After singling to leadoff the second, Jennings was picked off first base. And it wasn’t even close. And then, after walking with 2 outs in the fourth, it was important for Jennings to get into scoring position. And for a second it looked like he did steal second, only to overslide the bag and be tagged out, ending the inning. And this is not a one game problem. Jennings is on pace for just 22 steals this season. And he is just 7-12 (58.3%) on the year. If a basestealer is converting less than 70-75% of his stolen bases, he is actually hurting the team and is better off just not running at all. This is not what the Rays were expecting with Jennings.
THE TELLING: Alex Colome will start tonight after it was revealed that Alex Cobb has a cut on his finger. Matt Moore will start Friday. Colome is the nephew of former Rays reliever Jesus Colome. He is also the first product of the Rays’ baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to reach the big leagues…The Marlins are 13-40 and on pace for what would be an MLB record 122 losses. And they have done it against the second easiest schedule in baseball. Only the Reds have played an easier schedule…The Rays are now 28-24, just 3 games behind the Red Sox.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Alex Colome has a mid-90s fastball and a cutter that Charlie Montoyo has compared to Mariano Rivera’s. He also throws a curveball. [Bull City Summer]
- Grant Balfour has converted 30 straight saves. [Jane Lee]
- Dioner Navarro hit three home runs yesterday after hitting just 44 in his entire career before yesterday. [CBS Sports]
- Earlier this week we looked at the declining attendance of Yankees games at The Trop. Well, apparently this is a leage-wide trend. And that sound you hear is the Yankees bandwagon deflating. [BI Sports]
- What is wrong with Fernando Rodney? [FoxSportsFlorida]
- The two guys that secretly taped a conversation between the Bills GM and Bucs GM? They’ve been charged with federal crimes. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 12, Buffalo 2. Juan Sandoval, the pitcher with just one eye that impressed Joe Maddon during spring training, was promoted and made his first start for the Bulls after 22 relief appearances at double-A. He allowed 1 run in 3.2 innings on 2 hits and a walk. He struck out 1…Shelley Duncan hit his second home run since being demoted…One night after two monster home runs, Wil Myers was back to going 1-5 with 3 strikeouts…Leslie Anderson was 4-4, raising his average to .312.
MONTGOMERY 10, Mississippi 0. Jake Thompson pitched 6.1 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 5.47…Keith Castillo and Riccio Torrez each had 3 hits and 4 RBI.
CHARLOTTE 3, Palm Beach 1. Ryan Carpenter did not allow a run in 6 innings, striking out 2 and walking 4…Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a triple.
BOWLING GREEN 8, Lake County 5. 2011 first round pick Blake Snell continues to struggle with his control, walking 6 in 4.1 innings, giving up 5 runs. He has now walked 26 in 37.2 innings this season. He does have 39 strikeouts.