The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 10, Marlins 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Deja Johnson. The Rays led this game 6-0, 7-3, and 7-6 in the 8th inning. But it wasn’t until Kelly Johnson hit a 3-run home run in the 8th inning that Rays fans began to relax a little. And even then, there were definitely nerves when Fernando Rodney walked the second batter of the 9th inning with a 4-run lead. It was Johnson’s fourth hit of the game and his second 3-run home run. In fact, his second home run landed just 2-3 seats behind the location of the first. Johnson now leads the Rays with 10 home run and is on pace for 32. His career-high is 26 (2010)…Jake McGee. We’ve pounded McGee pretty hard, so we have to give him credit when he comes into a 1-run game and allows just 1 baserunner in 2 solid innings. He did mix in a few sliders. Not a lot. But it’s a start.
THE BAD: Jake Odorizzi. After a shaky first inning, Odorizzi seemed to settle into a little bit of a groove in the second and third innings. But in the fourth inning, things fell apart. And once again, it was a lack of consistency in his pitches, especially the fastball and the changeup. His fastball was anywhere from 89-94. And his change was anywhere from 83-88. And it wasn’t even a few pitches that deviated from the norm. There was no norm. Derek Dietrich. The former second round pick of the Rays was in single-A for the Rays a year ago. And now he is in the majors with the Marlins and looks like one of those scrappy players that does a lot of things well and will have a long big league career. He has some pop (3 HR in 16 games). And he will do anything to get on base, including twice sticking out a body part and getting hit by a pitch. He’s that guy you love to have on your team, but hate when you have to face him.
THE TELLING: The game took 3:39 minutes and felt longer…The Marlins are now 13-38 and on pace for 120 losses…David Price threw on Monday and said it “felt good”…Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo won his 500th game as a manager over the weekend…The Rays are 26-24, 5 games behind the Red Sox, who have now moved into first place by a game in front of the Yankees. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 36% chance of making the playoffs.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Earlier we reported that the Rays were the only team with base coaches wearing camo helmets. It turns out the Mets were also (via Uni-Watch.com). [Image]
- David Price had a congratulatory smooch for his girlfriend after the WAGs softball game against the Marlins WAGs. [Twitter]
- Speaking of which, the Rays WAGs beat the Marlins WAGs with a walk-off basehit by the wife of Derek Shelton (see GIF below). The Rays WAGs were playing for Autism Speaks charity. [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays new sideline reporter got into a silly spat with a local weatherman on Twitter. It looks like the tweets have since been deleted. [Image]
- Donald Penn is large and angry. Well, the large is in dispute, the angry is not. [JoeBucsFan]
DURHAM 11, Buffalo 7. Alex Torres struck out 8 in 4.1 innings, but also gave up 6 hits and walks, leading to 5 runs. His ERA is now 3.52…Wil Myers hit his 7th home run. He also added a double and drove in 5. He’s hitting .263
Jackson 9, MONTGOMERY 3. Mikie Mahtook went 0-3, dropping his average to .228.
CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled
Fort Wayne 5, BOWLING GREEN 4. Jeff Ames allowed 4 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings.