Desmond JenningsThe 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.


  • 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]


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.





  1. phil says:

    How long is Cobb out for ?

    • Bill says:

      As of last night Maddon said he will start either the end of Cleveland series or beginning of Detroit. So only a few days. Subject to change, of course.

  2. Dave L says:

    One nice thing about this recent stretch of wins is Longo, Zobrist and Loney have all been in mini slumps lately while everyone else has covered for them so its almost unnoticeable.

    Escobar has really picked it up and has a swagger in a good way both offensively and defensively..

    In last nights game after that shaky first inning Hernandez hitting that liner up the middle that nearly turned into a hit really seemed to spark him. He's never had an MLB hit apparently. He surprised himself and seemed to get a kick out of. Up until that point in the season his body language was like a guy playing like he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    After that near hit he settled in and actually smiled occasionally all game. Not that nervous smile but a genuine I am enjoying baseball again smile.

  3. Gus says:

    I'd like to compliment Maddon for moving the lineup around to get Zobrist and Jennings going here. Both of those guys had been looking flat. Longo needs a day off as well.

    I also think the use of Rodney has been pretty good here. Need to build him back him while he rebuilds his location on the change up. He got kind of lucky last night. The night before he got the win. But he had been pretty unlucky too. Just need to keep him finishing games. He is a closer who I think gets better with consistent workload.

  4. Beazy says:

    "He is also the first product of the Rays’ baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to reach the big leagues…" Big ups to the program! Though they use these kids to make money, it is a win-win. These kids go from living in most times the slums, to having a nice place to stay, learn structure and a trade, they feed'em good, it's safe, and make a few bucks. Again, big ups to the program. Though I wondered when I seen about the place on "Inside the Rays!", if it work to do the same in other places in other countries that is legal to sign younger kids?

    • Dave L says:

      Beazy thanks! I had wondered that in an earlier post today.

      Thats pretty cool.

      Can you imagine what that will do to the prestige to the program in the Domimican and Venezuela as well?

      Thats a great story.


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