The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 7, Angels 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. Making his first start since July, and on a somewhat strict pitch count, all you could hope for was that Moore kept the Rays in the game. He did more than that, working into the 6th inning and giving up just 1 unearned run, striking out 6…Ben Zobrist. One inning after failing to score with the bases loaded and no outs, Rays fans were on edge. But with 2 outs and 2 men on, Ben Zobrist came through with a huge double, driving in two. That gave the Rays a 4-1 lead and suddenly it felt like the Rays might actually win a game…Roberto Hernandez. Not-Fausto came in with a runner on base and one out in the 6th inning. He then struck out the next two batters to get out of that inning and the first two batters in the next inning. In all, Hernandez faced 11 batters, striking out 7, and did not allow a base runner. The strong performance earned Hernandez a save, the first of his career.
THE BAD: Third Inning. Desmond Jennings led off the third inning with a home run giving the Rays a 2-1 lead. But it is what happened next that had Rays fans rocking back and forth in their seats. The Rays loaded the bases with no outs. With the Angels playing normal defense and willing to sacrifice a run, James Loney grounded hard to the third baseman who promptly started a home-to-first double-play. Wil Myers then struck out and the Rays were unable to extend the lead.
THE TELLING: This was the Rays’ 10th game in the Pacific time zone and their 1st win…The Rays are now 76-61, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox and 2.5 games ahead of the Yankees for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If the Rays do make the playoffs as a Wild Card team, that game will be played on Wednesday Oct. 2 and will be aired on TBS. Here is the complete postseason schedule. [MLB.com]
- Some guy robbed a bank in South Tampa wearing a Rays cap. [TampaBay.com]
- Some small schools got paid this past weekend and forgot they were supposed to lose. [BISports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM. The Bulls begin their best-of-5 first-round playoff series tonight.
MONTGOMERY. The Biscuits finished the season 71-69.
CHARLOTTE 1, Fort Myers 0 (Charlotte leads best-of 3 series 1-0). The Stone Crabs won their first playoff game behind a strong performance by Felipe Rivero who threw 6 shutout innings, striking out 2. Charlotte scored their long run in the 6th inning on a 2-out single by Jeff Malm.
BOWLING GREEN. The Hot Rods begin their best-of-3 first-round playoff series tonight.
PRINCETON. The Rays finished the season 25-43