The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 7, Astros 5 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Yunel Escobar. Sometimes you watch Escobar hit and you wonder why he is not one of the best hitters in baseball. His RBI-double in the 11th inning was enormous. Not only did it give the Rays the lead, but it essentially saved the series for the Rays. A loss by the Rays after having a 3-run lead in the 8th inning would have been devastating. There is no way the Rays could afford a split of the 4-game series against the lowly Astros…Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsville’s 5-out performance was even bigger than Escobar’s hit. He stopped the bleeding when it looked like the Astros were going to rally for a win. But Farnsworth kept the Rays alive…Lobatron. Jose Lobaton has now been on base 8 times in the last 3 games. And Escobar’s double in the 11th doesn’t drive in a the go-ahead run unless Lobaton walks to lead off the inning.
THE BAD: Evan Longoria. Longoria is clearly still in a lot of pain. He wouldn’t run hard to first base. He was taken out of the game for a pinch-runner. At this point, it would be surprising to see Longo play third base before the all-star break. And at that point, the team is probably hoping the break will be the rest he needs to avoid the DL. But a stint on the DL may be needed.
THE TELLING: There is almost no chance Evan Longoria will be able to play in the All-Star game even if selected. The Rays will want him to rest his foot during those four days…Leslie Anderson is day-to-day for the Durham Bulls after being hit in the knee with a pitch. Also Ryan Roberts hasn’t played yet for Durham because his gear was lost by the airline…Rays are now 46-40, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox and in 4th place.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Who knows how long it will last, but it appears Desmond Jennings is back to being the lead-off hitter on most days. [TampaBay.com]
- Still need to see if he can keep it up, but yes, Jose Lobaton is playing a lot better. [TBO.com]
- Manny Ramirez has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers and MLB now considers his 100-game suspension as over. [DallasNews.com]
- The Durham Bulls had a record crowd for their 4th of July game. [Vine]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
PRINCETON @ Burlington. postponed