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: Corn Cobb Curveball. 23 curveballs. 6 were called strikes. 6 were swinging strikes. That’s the Alex Cobb we saw early in the year and a great sign for final 38 games. The only concern is that it appeared he doesn’t quite have the stamina back yet. Things quickly came apart in the start of the 7th inning when he walked 2 batters and gave up a single before being pulled…Alex Torres. Fernando Rodney got the save, but Alex Torres saved the game. He was called in with the bases loaded and no outs in the 7th inning. He did allow one runner to score, but that was on a double-play. He then struck out Nate McClouth to keep the lead at 3-2…Matt Joyce. Joyce is a streaky hitter and he seems to be in a good groove right now. In his last 5 starts, Joyce is 7-18 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 2 walks.
THE BAD: Wesley Wright. After the Rays scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning, Fernando Rodney should not have been needed. But Wright walked a batter, gave up a 2-run home run, and then walked another batter. Making matters worse, Rodney was probably warming up earlier and then told to stop. He then needed to get up and quickly warm up again before coming in to get the final 3 outs.
THE TELLING: Jake McGee and Joel Peralta were both unavailable…The Rays are now 72-52, tied with the Red Sox in the AL East, but 2 games up in the loss column. The Rays are also 5 games ahead of the Indians for the final Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Matt Moore threw his changeup without pain, calling that “huge.” [TBO.com]
- Joe Maddon offers some comments on the Ryan Dempster-Alex Rodriguez situation. [TampaBay.com]
- The Durham Bulls retired Chipper Jones’ number. Some of you may be too young to remember that the Bulls were originally a Braves single-A club. [MiLB]
- Watching Durham Bulls Baseball has a great picture of Chipper Jones from his days with the Bulls. [WDBB]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 5, Charlotte 4. Mike Montgomery gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings…Vince Belnome went 3-5 with a double…Tim Beckham went 2-5 with a triple.
MONTGOMERY 3, Mississippi 2. After giving up a go-ahead run in the top of the 9th, the Biscuits came back in the bottom of the 9th inning, winning the game on a 2-out, 2-run walk-off home run by Keyong Kang…Jacob Thompson allowed 1 run in 5 innings with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks.
CHARLOTTE 1, Fort Myers 0. Ryan Carpenter pitched 4 shutout innings, striking out 3 and walking none…The Stone Crabs’ lone run came on a solo home run by Richie Shaffer, his 11th, in the 7th inning.
BOWLING GREEN 3, South Bend 2. Thomas Coyle scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning on 2-out single after singling to lead off the inning and then stealing second base…Reinaldo Lopez struck out 6 and walked 1 in 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run.