6-10-2013 10-59-06 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Red Sox 10, RAYS 8 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: James Loney. Earlier in the day, Loney made an appearance at a local hospital and promised the nurses he would hit a home run. He did…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla had a career-high 5 hits, tying the team record. And in his last 5 games Zobrist has been on base 15 times (11-19 with 4 walks), raising his OBP from .337 to .365. He is a WAR machine…Cesar Ramos. One day after throwing 3 innings and 45 pitches, Ramos threw 3 more innings and another 44 pitches. I think it is safe to say he won’t be available tonight…Alex Torres. El Toro Azul remains red hot.  He has now thrown 13.1 innings and is yet to allow a run. He has given up just 3 hits and 3 walks and struck out 18. That’s pretty good.

THE BAD: John Lackey. There are some important “unwritten rules” in baseball. This is not one of them. Allegedly, Lackey was upset at Matt Joyce for “pimping” a long foul ball that he thought was a home run. Obviously I am biased, but you guys know, if Joyce had done something wrong there, I’d be the first to point it out. If anything, when an opponent does that, YOU LAUGH. You don’t think “that offended me, I’m going to put the next pitch in your back, RAWRR!” After the game, Joe Maddon called Lackey “a bad teammate” suggesting that play is going to get one of his teammates hurt later. Maddon also turned the Red Sox on Lackey. Maddon said he could tell the Red Sox thought the beanball was out of line. It was a shrewd move by Maddon to try to create a divide in the Red Sox locker room…Missed Opportunities. The Rays left 13 men on base, including a runner on third base in 5 different innings. The worst moment came in the 10th inning when the Rays loaded the bases with no outs and failed to score. Longo grounded into a double-play (he was out) and then Sam Fuld grounded out…Alex Cobb. Was Corn Cobb tipping pitches again? The first 8 batters of the game reached base and at times it looked like the Red Sox batters knew what pitch was coming. Either the Sox were stealing signs or Cobb was tipping pitches. In the end, the Sox scored 6 runs in the first inning after giving up 7 runs total in his previous 5 starts combined.

THE TELLING: Kyle Farnsworth has some elbow soreness and Joe Maddon says he may be headed to the DLDavid Price called his bullpen session the best he’s felt all year…At 5:24, this was the second longest game in Rays history, based on time. The longest was 5:44, also versus the Red Sox, in 2011. It was just the 12th game in Rays history to go 14 innings, something that happened 3 times in 2012. It was also just the third time in Rays history that they lost a game in which they hit 4 home runs. ..The Rays are now 34-29, 5 games behind the Red Sox.


  • Here is a more complete video of the John Lackey beanball and the benches clearing. [BI Sports]
  • Chris Wise gives some good examples of one of my great frustrations. That is, the Rays are already a secretive organization. And it is even worse at the minor league level thanks to a lack of media coverage. [WDBB]
  • The images from the Cubs game last night are must-see. [BI Sports]
  • Bill James suggests a change for the minor leagues that I have long been a proponent of. That is, players start out in the minor leagues without belonging to any specific franchises. Baseball teams then wait to draft players until they are older and closer to being ready for the majors. How much more interesting would the MLB draft be then? [Baseball Nation]
  • Will the Bucs keep 3 quarterbacks? [JoeBucsFan]


DURHAM 5, Louisville 2. J.D. Martin tossed 6.2 shutout innings and improved to 8-3. His ERA is now 2.92…Wil Myers went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts…Leslie Anderson hit his 9th home run.

MONTGOMERY 13, Huntsville 2. Todd Glaesmann hit his 7th home run and went 3-4.

CHARLOTTE 6, Tampa 2.

BOWLING GREEN @ Lake County. cancelled





  1. Allen says:

    Is Scott any better this year than last?

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      No. I'm supremely disappointed in Scott's perpetual lack of production. Upon signing with the Rays he went from a lock to hit 25 homers and hit .260 to a player who is marginal at best and is so streaky that even his highlight are easy to overlook.

      That being said, given the Rays options for signing a DH during the off-season coupled with (or limited by) their budget constraints- they weren't really going to find a better option.

      • JJ says:

        Hindsight I admit, but Hafner, Carp, Overbay and Ibanez could have been had for the same amount of $$'s. In fact I think the Sux picked up Carp on waivers not too long ago.
        Question is, how long do we stick with Scott? When and if Myers comes up some one has to go. Seems to me SRod, Fuld and Roberts are far more valuable than Scott.
        Right now Scott=Burrell, and I said a few days ago we can't afford another 0 for June.

        • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

          Yeah- for every "hit" the Rays have gotten in regard to the 'pen they seem to get an equal and opposite "miss" at DH

        • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

          Yeah- for every "hit" the Rays have gotten in regard to the 'pen they seem to get an equal and opposite "miss" at DH

  2. Rick says:

    Farnsworth is the next victim to the sore left roster spot. He hasn't pitched all that great, and they want him to spend some time working out his issues. And now after tonight, they need a fresh arm. See you in four weeks farnsworth.

  3. phil says:

    Bring up Columbe or Lueke ...need a fresh arm in the pen tonight....!

  4. KT says:

    That Longo at-bat was terrible, and he came out of his normally cool and collected self for the first couple pitches.

    Also, when they allowed the runner (Nava?) to steal second without holding him on, me and my friends instantly said "great, now a single scores 2 instead of 1", and then it did. We were able to score 2 the next inning to tie it up, but 2 could have been enough to win there. To me that was a decision that instantly seemed like it would backfire, and sure enough it did (and I'm normally full of praise for Maddon)

  5. Gus says:

    The Fuld bunt on first pitch was no surprise. On 2nd pitch, maybe that works better. Great read by Pedroia.

    Not running S-Rod with 2 outs was beyond curious. Rodney for two innings was odd. The complete lack of holding all runners on by the relievers was disgraceful. That looked like the 2010 Rays running crazy on the Red Sox, embarassing them.

  6. Ken says:

    Two thoughts to ponder: Was Cobb tipping his pitches in the 1st? I had a pretty good seat behind Home plate and I couldn't see it. More likely the Sux scouts noted a pattern he developed in the game against the Tigers when he threw a lot of 1st pitch and 1-2 pitch off speed stuff. They were first pitch swinging a lot and laying back on the 1-2 counts. Seemed to make an adjustment in the next three innings.
    Fausto's game tonight: If ever the Fausto supporters need a validating game it is tonight. I admit to being a Fausto doubter from the get go. I thought we had better options from within the organization. I'll gladly eat my criticisms for a 7 IP, 2 run outing tonight. We rally against Lester and 2 of 3 from the Sux looks like a possibility.


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