The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 3, Red Sox 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore’s No-Hit Stuff. In two appearances at Fenway Park before last night, Moore had thrown 9.1 innings and given up 7 runs on 10 hits and 6 walks. Last night something clicked and he turned in the best start of his career, throwing his first career shutout and allowing just 2 hits and a walk. And it is worth noting that the only thing that came between Moore and a no-hitter was two unfortunate shifts. Mike Napoli’s single in the second inning was a groundball to the left of second base with Yunel Escobar shifted well-over to the left. And David Ortiz’ single in the seventh inning came with the infield shifted and James Loney guarding the line. If Loney wasn’t guarding the line, it would have been an easy line drive out right to Loney. I’m not saying shifts are bad or even a bad idea at those times. Just saying Moore got unlucky and both of those plays could have been outs. And Moore, who often has trouble getting through six innings because of his pitch count, seemed to have a new gameplan designed to go deep into the game. He went heavy with his straight(er) fastball and cut his curveball usage in half. The result was just 4 strikeouts and just 1 walk, but a lot of outs.
THE BAD: Kelly Johnson. Remember when people wondered aloud “but where will Wil Myers play?!” That was fun. In his last 36 games (32 starts), Johnson is hitting .195 with 34 strikeouts and a .281 OBP. Last night it was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.
THE TELLING: Wil Myers was not in the lineup for the second straight day, but barring a setback it sounds like he’ll be back tonight…Alex Cobb will make his first rehab start tonight for single-A Charlotte. The Rays have won 21 of their last 25 and are now 59-41, a half-game behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games ahead of the Rangers for the second Wild Card. The Rays can go 31-31 the rest of the way and still win 90 games.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Interesting question: Is Evan Longoria a home run hitter? [TBO.com]
- Matt Garza has been traded to the Rangers. [Chicago Tribune]
- Meanwhile, Wade Davis’ spot in the Royals’ rotation might be in jeopardy. [Fox Sports KC]
- The Yankees appear to be close to trading for Alfonso Soriano. [Ken Rosenthal]
- Ted Berg wonders if the Rays are the best team in baseball. [USA Today]
- More and more people are starting to realize that sports stadiums are a bad investment, financially. There are other benefits, but what is the value of “civic pride”? [PSMag.com]
- This will piss some people off. I just think it is funny, in a shake my head sorta way. [Yahoo! Answers]
- TJ Pittinger takes a closer look at the series against the Red Sox. [TJ Pittinger’s Blog]
- Tampa skyline tattoo with a Rays logo? Nice mugshot. (thanks, Michael). [The Smoking Gun]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Brandon Guyer went deep…
DURHAM 7, Gwinnett 0. JD Martin tossed 8 shutout innings. In his last 2 starts he has thrown 13 innings, allowed no runs, struck out 11 and given up just 6 hits and a walk…Brandon Guyer was 3-4 with a walk and his 7th home run…Ryan Roberts went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.
Mobile 6, MONTGOMERY 1. Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 in the 7-inning, rain-shortened game.
Dunedin 9, CHARLOTTE 2. Jeff Malm went 3-4…Richie Shaffer was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.
Bowling Green 4, Beloit 1 (14, gm 2). Ryan Dunn’s 3-run home run ended it in the 14th inning to complete the rain-suspended game from the day before.
Beloit 9, BOWLING GREEN 7 (gm 2). Beloit scored 7 runs in the top of the 9th inning, with the final four coming on a grand slam. And they did it all with nobody out…Leonardo Reginatto went 4-4 with a walk. He’s hitting .327.