The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Orioles 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jose Molina. Fernando Rodney gave up a lead-off single in the 9th inning, but Molina came up big, throwing out Alexi Casilla to erase the runner and squash the rally…Jake McGee. After the Orioles pulled within 1 run in the 7th inning, McGee came in with 2 runners on and got out of the inning. Then, after giving up a 1-out double in the 8th, he struck out the next two batters to kill that rally…Got One Back. Remember those games early in the season when a call or a bad break went against the Rays? This was just the opposite. The Rays did not deserve to win this game. In all, the Orioles had 19 baserunners and scored just 3 runs. That is hard to do.
THE BAD: David Price. King David faced 27 batters. Ten got hits and two drew walks. He got some help from the defense behind him but the defense also failed him a couple of times. But the worrisome aspect is that this was the 3rd start of the last 4 in which Price had reduced velocity on his fastball, reaching just 92-93. During his hot streak in July, his fastball was 94-95. And that may have been why Price leaned heavily on his changeup. Of his 99 pitches, 27 (27.3%) were changeups. That is the highest percentage of the season for Price…Catch the Ball. I don’t want to imply that leaping and catching a ball at the wall is easy, but it seems like the Rays just miss catching those balls ALL THE TIME. The latest was Desmond Jennings leaping on ball that he might not have needed to jump for. And then there was Jason Bourgeois who dropped a catchable flyball in left field. And then there was Jose Molina dropping a strike three, foul tip that was momentarily in his glove.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon says the catchers will continue to split the games 50-50…Matt Moore may pitch a simulated game this weekend but may not be ready to return until the west coast trip that begins Aug. 30. Also, it sounds like Roberto Hernandez will be skipped in the next turn through the rotation…The Rays are now 71-52, 1 game behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is a closer look at the playoff race in the AL East and how it has changed over the course of the season. [BI Sports]
- The Rays may lose revenue from their huge billboard as the advertisements on the big sign have not been approved and likely won’t be. [TBO.com]
- On Sunday, a Rays fan was ejected and then reinstated after Evan Longoria’s home run was reviewed. Here it is in images and GIFs. My question: If it was originally ruled a home run, why was he removed from his seat before the umpired reviewed the call? [BI Sports]
- The Rays’ uniforms are ranked 18th in MLB. [ESPN.com]
- Former Rays reliever Dane De La Rosa is now one of the co-closers for the Angels. [MLB.com]
- Mike Williams Beard is back. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 1, DURHAM 0. Jake Odorizzi struck out 7 and walked none in 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run on 4 hits…Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a strikeout…Leslie Anderson was 0-3 and is now hitting .300…Ryan Roberts was 0-4 with a strikeout.
Mississippi 4, MONTGOMERY 0 (gm 1). The Biscuits managed just 2 hits in the 7-inning game.
MONTGOMERY 5, Mississippi 4 (gm 2). Mikie Mahtook’s 2-out single in the 9th inning was the walk-off game-winner. He finished 3-5…Victor Mateo allowed just 2 unearned runs in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.
CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled.
BOWLING GREEN 7, South Bend 2. Kevin Brandt struck out 7 and walked just 1 in 6 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both on a 6th inning home run…Andrew Toles was 1-5.