The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 8, Red Sox 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Power Surge. The Rays hit 4 home runs in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. The Rays have also scored 7 runs in 4 straight games, tying the franchise record…Evan Longoria. Longo had yet another opposite-field home run. Ever since his mini-slump, Longoria has been attacking pitches away and hitting them hard. Eventually, pitchers will have to start coming back inside and he will pound the crap out of those also…Desmond Jennings. Two home runs for 3rd time in his career in his return to the top spot in the lineup. Now if we can just figure out what is wrong with his basestealing…Roberto Hernandez. This is exactly the type of game Joe Maddon needs from Not-Fausto. He doesn’t need to be great. But 3 runs allowed in 7+ innings with 8 groundouts and 7 Ks is good enough. And he threw 122 pitches. Considering he was still in the game to start the 8th inning with a 5-run lead, it shows that he took a bullet for the bullpen that needed a day off.
THE BAD: Red Sox Fans. They were awfully chirpy yesterday. Let’s see how much we hear from them today.
THE TELLING: As we mentioned in the pre-game Pepper post, Jake Odorizzi was called up as Alex Cobb was placed on the bereavement list following the passing of his grandmother. Cobb will miss two more games…David Price will throw a simulated game tomorrow and is still targeting a late June or early July return after what is expected to be 3 rehab starts…The Rays are now 35-29, 4 games behind the Red Sox and 1.5 games behind the Orioles for third place.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays were still upset yesterday about what went down the night before. [TampaBay.com]
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods had 9 players named to the All-Star team, led by Jeff Ames, Taylor Guerrieri, and Andrew Toles. [TampaBay.com]
- Another ugly brawl in baseball late last night with some all-time big names. Here’s video. [BI Sports]
- Not baseball, but it is somewhat Florida related and it is kinda funny. A video comparing how Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick handled their first Tim Tebow questions. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Louisville 8, DURHAM 5. With scheduled starter Jake Odorizzi called up to the Rays, the Bulls were forced to use 6 relievers with Cory Wade starting and lasting just 1 inning…Wil Myers (13) and Leslie Anderson (10) went back-to-back in the 3rd inning.
MONTGOMERY 8, Huntsville 4. Mikie Mahtook was 1-5 with a double and is hitting .245…Keyong Kang hit his 4th home run.
Tampa 6, CHARLOTTE 2. Ryan Brett was 2-3 with his 3rd home run.
BOWLING GREEN 14, Dayton 5. Jeff Ames, a 2011 first round pick, was pulled after 1 scoreless inning due to a rain delay…Tyler Goeddel went 4-5 with 3 RBI…Justin O’Conner went 2-5 with his 4th home run.