The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Everybody will point to the James Loney single that broke the tie score. But to do so would completely ignore that Loney never gets close to the plate if not for the head’s up play by Ben Zobrist earlier in the 7th inning. After retiring the first 2 batters in the 7th inning with the score tied, Ivan Nova hit Desmond Jennings. He then gathered himself and had Zobrist down 0-2 and looked to be ready to get out of the inning. But he tried to get Zobrist to chase a pitch down-and-in, only it was too far down-and-in. Zobrist could have easily avoided the pitch, but he left his foot in spot and the pitch just grazed the top of his foot. Instead of being out of the inning, the Rays now had the go-ahead run in scoring position and Joe Girardi was forced to go to the bullpen. And after Shawn Kelley walked Evan Longoria, Girardi had to go to the ‘pen again. Now it was bases loaded for Loney and the Yankees have used 2 relievers they wouldn’t have had to use if not for Zobrist. Loney singled and the Rays took the lead. Oh, and Girardi then brought in his third reliever of the inning to stop the bleeding…Chris Archer. When Archer is hitting his spots he can be scary-good. Striking out 4 and walking just in 6 innings is something Joe Maddon will take at Yankee Stadium anytime…Fernando Rodney. He hadn’t pitched in 4 days, since the 1 out appearance at Fenway and he looked great, striking out the side in the 9th.
THE BAD: James Loney. As great as that hit was in the 7th inning, why did Loney just stand there and watch it? That would have been embarrassing if the center fielder was playing shallow and decided to throw to first. Or what if the shortstop just barely gets a glove on it and knocks it down (he just missed it). None of the runs would have counted in either scenario. And this isn’t the first time from Loney. As much as we liked to get on BJ Upton’s brain-farts on the basepaths, Loney and Yunel Escobar have been far worse when it comes to not running hard.
THE TELLING: Wil Myers will make his home debut tonight against the Blue Jays…The Blue Jays have won 11 in a row…David Price will make his second rehab start on Wednesday. It is unclear if he will make a third. Brandon Gomes will start a rehab assignment today for single-A Charlotte. It will last 7-10 days… The Rays are now 39-37, 5 games behind the Red Sox and tied with the Blue Jays for last in the East….
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays are suing the state of Florida over unpaid taxes. [TampaBay.com]
- Shane Battier cites “regression to the mean” and instantly becomes a hero to stat-heads. [BI Sports]
- On the one hand it is nice that Josh Freeman is considered one of the 25 best players in the NFC South. But it is not good that your quarterback is only no. 23 in a 4-team division. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Buffalo 1, DURHAM 0 (14). After 13 innings of scoreless baseball, the Bulls lost when Juan Sandoval threw away a ball on a sac bunt in the 14th inning…Tim Beckham and Ryan Roberts combined to go 0-12 with 6 strikeouts.
Pensacola 4, MONTGOMERY 3 (14). In his 4th start since being promoted to double-A, Jake Floethe struck out 3 and walked 5 in 4 innings. He allowed 3 runs and now has an ERA of 6.16…Mikie Mahtook went 0-5 with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
CHARLOTTE 5, Jupiter 4. Richie Shaffer was 1-3 with a double and a walk. He’s hitting .247.
Lake County 4, BOWLING GREEN 3. Andrew Toles went 2-5 with a strikeout. He’s now hitting .321, 4th in the Midwest League.