The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 5, Mariners 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jason Bourgeois. Well, we have seen this movie before. New guy comes in and gets a big game-winning hit. This time it was Bourgeois (whose name I wish I could type as cool as it sounds) with the walk-off hit. Lets hope, that unlike the previous version of this tale, Bourgeois sticks around and does it again a few times. But with Alex Cobb needing a roster spot today, Bourgeois could be out the door in which case, he might have to wait until September…Ben Zobrist. Nothing against Bourgeois’ hit, it was great. But that 9th inning rally might not happen if Zobrist doesn’t lead off the inning with a near game-tying home run. One or two more inches and the ball is a home run. Instead, Zobrist was on third with no outs. At that point, it is almost certain the Rays will at least tie the game…Middle of the Order. After struggling in recent games, both Evan Longoria and Wil Myers had a big game. Myers hit his 9th home run and added a walk. Longoria had a pair of hits and a pair of walks.
THE BAD: Kelly Johnson. Maybe it is the lack of playing time. Or maybe the Rays just got lucky early in the season. But Johnson seems to be digressing defensively in the outfield. And yes, the miss-play last night was probably because Johnson lost the ball in the lights. But that is also something a more experienced outfielder would be able to handle and avoid.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb will be activated today which means somebody must be demoted. The most likely candidates are Ryan Roberts and Jason Bourgeois since the Rays are playing with an extra bench player right now…Matt Moore is not yet 100% so he will not pitch this weekend. Roberto Hernandez will start on Saturday. Moore will take a few days off and try throwing again on Sunday…The Rays are now 67-51, 3.0 games behind the Red Sox and 3.0 games ahead of the Orioles in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Both Jesse Crain and Demond Jennings are progressing. [TBO.com]
- Tom Brady had a scare yesterday thanks to Adrian Clayborn of the Bucs. Or more accurately, thanks to an offensive lineman that couldn’t block Clayborn. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Gwinnett 6, DURHAM 2. Mike Montgomery gave up 6 runs in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2. His ERA is now 4.65…Tim Beckham went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and committed his 23rd error. He’s now 0-17 in his last 4 games with 5 Ks and 1 walk.
Jackson 9, MONTGOMERY 5. Joe Van Meter gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 4…Kyeong Kang hit his 14th home run…Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with a triple. He’s hitting .250.
CHARLOTTE 7, Jupiter 5. Lenny Linsky struck out 3 and walked none in 4 innings. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits…Willie Argo went 2-4 with a double, a walk and 2 stolen bases, his 32nd and 33rd…Drew Vettleson went 2-3 with 2 walks. He’s hitting .279…Richie Shaffer went 2-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting .257.
BOWLING GREEN 8, Fort Wayne 7 (10). A 1-out double by Marty Gantt in the top of the 10th drove in the eventual game-winning run…Reinaldo Lopez gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings with 4 Ks and 2 walks…Patrick Leonard (9) and Joey Rickard (7) homered for the Hot Rods.