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, Yankees 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. The fastball was better as Moore had a little more snap on the pitch and was hitting his spots. But the big difference was the curve/slider. The velocity on his breaking ball was up to 82 after being 79-80 the last couple of starts. And the result was more snap on the ball and a little more horizontal movement. When Moore is throwing his curve well, it looks a lot more like a slider. And of his 27 breaking balls, 5 were swinging strikes…Evan Longoria. Matt Moore and Evan Longoria doing good things in the same game is a deadly combination. Last night it was two home runs by Longo to back Moore’s effort on the mound…Flash Jennings. With the lefty on the mound, Jennings was back at the top of the order and he was on base 4 times with 3 hits and a walk…Sean Rodriguez. He doesn’t leave the dugout very often. But he was ready last night. And his 2-out RBI double in the 7th was big as it came immediately after the Yankees had cut the lead to 1 run.
THE BAD: Jose Molina. Joe Maddon does crazy things. A lot of times they work. Last night it did not. He had Molina DH against Andy Pettite and the result was an 0-3, an ugly 0-3. He struck out once and hit the ball softly two other times. And in the 8th inning, Maddon pinch-hit for Molina with Matt Joyce. That left the Rays without a backup catcher for 2 innings.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 38-35, 5 games behind the Red Sox and 1.5 games behind the Yankees for third place. And don’t look now, but that is the Blue Jays in the rear-view mirror. They have won 8 in a row and are just 2 games behind the Rays…David Price will make his first rehab start tonight for the single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Stuart Sternberg spoke at length with FoxSports.com about Major League Baseball’s diversity program and his role in those efforts. [FoxSports]
- Stuart Sternberg also spoke to the media at Yankee Stadium about the current state of the team on the field. [TampaBay.com]
- If you missed game 7 of the NBA Finals because you were watching the Rays, here is a collection of the best images and GIFs. [BI Sports]
- Who isYasiel Puig? [BI Sports]
- Josh Freeman gave an out-of-character interview. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 2, Louisville 1. In just his second triple-A start, Matt Buschmann threw 5 shutout innings, striking out 7…Vince Belnome had 2 more doubles to raise his average to .348.
MONTGOMERY 3, Pensacola 1. Mike Colla allowed just 1 hit (a home run) in 7 innings. He struck out 3…Todd Glaesmann went 3-3 and hit his 8th home run.
CHARLOTTE @ Bradenton. postponed
BOWLING GREEN 2, Lansing 1. Andrew Toles was 2-3 with a double and his 42 stolen base.