The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Blue Jays 3, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Roberto Hernandez. It wasn’t great. And the two home runs were terrible pitches. The first was a spinning slider. And the second was a hanging change. But that one came on pitch no. 118 in the 9th inning, which almost seems like it shouldn’t count. Take that out and Not-Fausto pitched 8 innings and allowed just 2 runs. That’s his job, and he did it. He just happened to be matched up against a guy that was nearly unhittable.
THE BAD: R.A. Dickey. The Rays have a funny way of occasionally making mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young winners. They can also apparently make former Cy Young winners look like themselves.The Rays managed just 2 hits (neither hit hard) and a walk.
THE TELLING: David Price struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 5 scoreless innings. He also gave up just 2 hits. I’d say it is a pretty good bet that we will see Price back on the mound for the Rays on Monday or Tuesday….Reid Brignac has signed a minor league deal with the Rockies…Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up his only hit. But his bullpen blew the save…The Rays are now 41-38, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox and 1 game ahead of the Blue Jays.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Minor leaguers Taylor Guerrieri and Enny Romero have been selected to pitch in the MLB All-Star weekend Futures Game.
- Sean Rodriguez was getting ready to catch in the 9th inning if Jose Molina had to come out of the game. [TBO.com]
- Charlotte manager Brady Williams says David Price is ready to return. [TampaBay.com]
- Wil Myers will spend today’s off-day looking for an apartment and buying clothes. [TampaBay.com]
- Hawk Harrelson had another on-air meltdown. This one is about two minutes of him just mumbling to himself. [BI Sports]
- Chris Davis is still mashing and he is ahead of Babe Ruth’s pace for 60 home runs. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 6, Lehigh Valley 5. Shelley Duncan hit his 8th home run since being demoted…Brandon Guyer went 4-5 with 2 doubles to raise his average to .289.
MONTGOMERY 4, Chattanooga 3. Enny Romero allowed just 1 unearned run in 6 innings with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk.
CHARLOTTE 3, Bradenton 2. David Price struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 5 scoreless innings. He also gave up just 2 hits….
BOWLING GREEN 12, South Bend 2. Thomas Coyle went 4-5 with his 6th home run. He drove in 5….Tyler Goeddel went 3-5 with a double.
Staten Island 7, HUDSON VALLEY 3. Austin Priutt tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 5 and giving up just 2 hits and no walks.