The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Diamondbacks 9, RAYS 8 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Evan Longoria. It is still hard to tell where Dirtbag is right now. He went 1-5. But the 1 was a huge 2-out, 2-run double in the 7th inning and he hit the ball hard. But he also grounded into a double-play to end the game and had another weak grounder earlier in the game…Sam Fuld. When Wil Myers was unexpectedly pulled from the game, Fuld came in cold and delivered a go-ahead 2-out, 2-run single. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.
THE BAD: Injuries. This is getting ugly. Injuries are starting to infest this team and it is happening to the young players. Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Flash Jennings are on the DL. And last night, Chris Archer was pulled from the game with forearm soreness. Supposedly it is not serious and he says he will be fine. But these things have a way of ending up on the DL. And even after that, Wil Myers had to be pulled from the game after having a minor asthma attack. In all, things are getting ugly…The Bullpen. Of course, nobody thought they would have to work 6.1 innings. But the normally reliable relievers all pitched horribly. Four of the five allowed runs. And Fernando Rodney allowed an inherited runner to score the go-ahead run in the 8th…Kelly Johnson. Johnson has been the odd-man out in recent weeks and the rust was evident. Joe Maddon wanted Johnson in the game for his bat. But it was his glove in left field that led to two runs in the 5th inning…Matt Joyce and Yunel Escobar. The Diamondbacks turned 6 double-plays. SIX! But it should have only been four. Joyce tried to tag up from first base in the third inning on a flyball to right field. He didn’t make it. And later, Escobar grounded into a double-play that started with a diving stop by the shortstop. Replays seemed to show that Escobar eased up about halfway to first base.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb is hopeful that he can return to the rotation a week from today…This 2-game sweep was the first series loss by the Rays in their last 14 series…The Rays are now 66-47 and are now 2.5 games behind the Red Sox and just 2 games ahead of the Rangers for the second Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- More ticket promotions: In a patnership with 620AM/95.3FM, 1,000 lower level seats for all remaining home games will be priced at $9.53 per ticket. Also, coupons in the Tampa Bay Times will offer buy two, get two free outfield tickets for all remaining Tuesday home games. There will also be another $2 kids tickets game on Wednesday August 14 against the Mariners. For each adult ticket, parents can purchase up to three tickets for kids ages 2-14 for $2 each. Finally, anybody that buys 4 or more tickets for any remaining home game will get 10% off.
- “Is it worth $500 or $600 million collectively?” Well, it wouldn’t be any cheaper to move it 5 miles. So the only argument would be that it is cheaper to move it 1,000 miles to another city. That would be cheaper. Because they aren’t staying in the Trop through 2027. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- “The Best And Worst Beat Reporters In Baseball: AL East.” I’m not sure this discussion is worth much. But it was a little odd seeing my name in the comments. Although it was flattering. [Deadspin]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Rochester 5, DURHAM 4. Jake Odorizzi struck out 2 and walked 2, giving up 3 runs in 3 innings…Tim Beckham went 4-4 and drove in 2 runs. He is hitting .333 since the beginning of July.
MONTGOMERY. no game scheduled
Fort Myers @ CHARLOTTE. postponed rain
Great Lakes 4, BOWLING GREEN 3. Reinaldo Lopez struck out 9 and walked just 1 in 6.1 innings. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned)…Andrew Toles was 2-5 to raise his average to .322…Patrick Leonard hit his 8th home run.