The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 12, Astros 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Getting The Men In. The Rays were 8-12 with runners in scoring position with 2 outs. You’ll win a lot of games with a stat like that…Bottom of the Order. The bottom 3 batters in the order (Ryan Roberts, Jose Lobaton, Sam Fuld) went a combined 9-15 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI…Jose Lobaton. Lobaton now has back-to-back 3-hit games. He only had 3 such games in his career before these 2 games. Enjoy it while it lasts…Ben Zobrist. Yes, Ryan Roberts had a huge game. But with a runner on first and no outs and the score still tied in the 3rd inning, it was Zobrist’s double that put 2 runners in scoring position with no outs. That was all Matt Moore needed…Matt Moore. After a rough stretch in which the Rays lost 4 of 5 starts by Moore, the Rays have now won his last 3 starts and the team is now 13-4 in his starts this season.
THE BAD: Desmond Jennings. Is Jennings hurt? He has just 1 stolen base attempt in the last 20 games. Even if he is the worst base stealer ever, he should have enough speed to steal a base more often than once every 20 games. And it is not like he is not getting opportunities. In those 20 games, Jennings was on base 29 times. So either he is hurt, or Joe Maddon has given him the red light and just doesn’t trust him on the basepaths.
THE TELLING: David Price will make his first start in more than a month tonight…Evan Longoria may have been available to pinch-hit last night. He also took groundballs before the game suggesting a return is imminent…The Rays are now 44-39, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon is part of a group opening a new restaurant in south Tampa. [TBO.com]
- The Yankees are struggling to sell tickets. Maybe they should move to Portland. [NYTimes]
- A closer look at the Durham Bulls pitching staff. [WDBB]
- The Montgomery Biscuits had “Katy Perry Batting Practice Monday” because eff Russell Brand. [Montgomery Advertiser]
- ESPN is money-making machine and most of it comes from you. [BI Sports]
- Changing the Bucs’ culture. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Columbus 2, DURHAM 1 (game 1). Mike Montgomery has his second straight strong start for Durham, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings. He struck out 5 and walked just 1…Shelley Duncan went 2-3 with a double and 4-6 in the double-header.
DURHAM 5, Columbus 0 (game 2). Four relievers combined on a 2 hit shutout…Brandon Guyer now has 17 stolen bases, 8 more than Desmond Jennings.
MONTGOMERY 7, Tennessee 2. Enny Romero did not allow a run in 7 innings. He allowed 3 hits, 3 walks and struck out 3. His ERA is now 2.69…Mikie Mahtook went 2-4.
CHARLOTTE 5, Jupiter 1 (game 1). Drew Vettleson was 3-4 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI…Alejandro Segovia hit 2 home runs, his 11th and 12th.
Jupiter 5, CHARLOTTE 0 (game 2). Willie Argo was 0-2, but did steal his 21st base.
BOWLING GREEN 6, West Michigan 1. Taylor Guerrieri tossed 6 shutout innings, striking out 3 and walking none. He has an ERA of 2.08…C Luke Maile had 3 hits including 2 doubles.
PRINCETON 2, Johnson City 1. 1B Travis Flores has just 9 hits in the team’s first 10 games, but 3 of them are home runs.