The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 2, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Lobatron! Jose Lobaton introduced us to the Weekend of Lobatron. Two walk-off hits including a walk-off triple on Friday and a walk-off home run on Sunday. Prior to this weekend he had never had a big league walk-off hit. How much ice cream is that worth? All of it! And it wasn’t just the bat this weekend. He even stopped at least one would-be wild pitch with Fernando Rodney on the mound that Joe Molina wouldn’t have dreamed of stopping…Big Tree! Chris Archer said after his last start that The Tree just needs a little weather to grow when asked about his starts in August. Well, The Tree got some new weather and on Sunday he looked like The Big Tree. And once again he got back to what was working, staying within the strikezone and hitting his spots. He struck out 5 and walked none…Dirtbag! Evan Longoria is starting to get a little toasty which means the team is about to go on another run. He went 4-7 on Saturday and Sunday with 2 doubles and a home run. He now has 10 extra-base hits in his last 11 games. Buckle up folks. The starting pitching looks good and the key hitters are warming up again.
THE BAD: Red Sox. The Rays are back within 1 game of the Red Sox thanks in large part to the Sox own idiotic ways. They hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose which led to 2 runs. He then got pissed and hit a HR later. The Yankees won by 3…Joe Maddon. It has gotten to the point where I loathe putting Joe Maddon in The Bad and I don’t put him in The Good nearly enough. But why is Jason Bourgeois leading off? What is on his resume that say Bourgeois should be the guy at the top of the order. And yes, he did get one hit and scored a run. And yes, he was pulled late in the game. But come on, it’s Jason Bourgeois.
THE TELLING: Ryan Roberts cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to triple-A. I would expect to see Roberts back in September, but the Rays would have to make room on the 40-man roster again…Desmond Jennings had a single, a stolen base, and scored a run in 3 at bats for single-A Charlotte. He is expected to be activated today…The Rays signed former major league reliever Carlos Fisher and assigned him to double-A. Fisher made 74 appearances for the Reds from 2009 through 2011…This was the Rays’ 10th walk-off win. And after starting the season 2-5 in extra-inning games, the Rays have now won 5 in a row…The Rays are now 70-52, 1.0 game behind the Red Sox, but are actually 1 game ahead of the Red Sox in the all-important loss column (you can add wins, you cannot subtract losses). The Rays are also 3.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jose Lobaton’s real ice cream reward came on the plane. [@Jlobaton21]
- Why did this Joe Henderson column about Bud Selig and the stadium situation disappear from TBO.com? [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Remember the Happy Heckler? His mansion is now rotting in foreclosure (thanks, Davis). [TampaBay.com]
- The Red Sox threw at Alex Rodriguez intentionally last night. He then hit a home run. Here are the GIFs. [BI Sports]
- Do you love it when Joe Maddon argues with umpires? We may never see it again after this season. [BI Sports]
- BJ Upton is basically just a platoon outfielder now, facing lefties only. Upton’s response: “What’s my argument?” [AJC.com]
- Don’t forget, Joe has everything you need to know from the Bucs’ second preseason game. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 8, Charlotte 5 (game 1). JD Martin gave up 3 runs in 6 innings for his 15th win, a Durham Bulls triple-A record…Tim Beckham went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
DURHAM 5, Charlotte 1 (game 2). Cory Wade started the make-up game and struck out 5 in 3 shutout innings…Tim Beckham went 1-3.
Mississippi @ MONTGOMERY. postponed, rain.
CHARLOTTE 2, Palm Beach 0 (7). Dylan Floro pitched a rain-shortened shutout, striking out 3 and walking none in 6 innings…Desmond Jennings went 1-3 and stole a base on his rehab assignment…Drew Vettleson was 1-3 with an RBI.
BOWLING GREEN 7, South Bend 1. Blake Snell struck out 8 in 5 innings, but walked 5. He still held the Silver Hawks to just 1 run by giving up just 3 hits…Andrew Toles went 3-5 with a double to raise his average to .330, which is 3rd in the Midwest League. He also stole 2 bases and has now swiped 56 this season, tops in the ML.