The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Red Sox 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. It’s a cliché, but Price deserved a better fate. If BJ Upton was playing center field, Price would probably have thrown 9 shutout innings. Of course, the Rays probably still wouldn’t have scored a run, but maybe they get lucky in extra innings. Price allowed just 2 runs in 8 innings with 9 Ks and no walks. Both runs came in the fifth inning which started with a double off of Desmond Jennings’ glove in center field. It wasn’t an easy catch but one a good center fielder makes. If you watch the replay from the side, you can see Jennings jump back into the wall instead of jumping straight up. That collision caused him to come up short and miss the ball. Jonny Gomes then followed with a groundball single. Jennings’ throw from shallow center field missed home plate by 20 feet. A bunt and a sac fly later, it was 2-0.
THE BAD: Joe Maddon. Maddon benched Wil Myers for the second straight game and for some reason has now turned his second best hitter into a platoon player. Maddon wanted Luke Scott in the lineup instead of Myers because Maddon liked the matchup against Clay Buchholz better. Scott went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts before being pulled for a pinch-hitter. The Rays repeatedly said before Wil Myers was promoted that when he was called up, he would play everyday. But now Maddon is playing matchups with Myers and has him on the bench against the Red Sox during a huge September game. If Myers was struggling, maybe this makes sense. But Myers had 8 hits in the five games before being benched with 2 doubles and 2 home runs. Maddon makes a lot of questionable moves and a lot of times they work. But to bench Myers for two straight games because of matchups is one of the worst moves I have ever seen Maddon make. It makes zero sense. Myers is not a platoon player. If Maddon wants Scott in the lineup, find another way.
THE TELLING: David Price threw 127 pitches, the most by a Rays pitcher since Victor Zambrano in 2004 (128)…The Rays are now 78-65, 8.5 games back in the division and still 1.5 games ahead of the Indians and Orioles in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Today is the 12th anniversary of 9/11. If by chance you are interested in reading about what it was like to be there that day, here is a post I wrote a few years ago. [RaysIndex]
- Jesse Crain after throwing another successful bullpen session: “We’re getting close.” But can he hit? [TampaBay.com]
- The Tampa Port Authority has reached an agreement to purchase the retail center at Channelside. Of course, this has led to more speculation that Jeff Vinik will try to bring the Rays to Channelside. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Joe Maddon doesn’t mind sign stealing: “Everybody should try to steal the other team’s signs. Absolutely.” [TBO.com]
- The Durham Bulls 2013 season in charts. [WDBB]
- 98.7 The Fan has launched a petition to save the Rays. [98.7 The Fan]
- When was the last time The Trop was a home game for the Red Sox? [ESPN via @MatKelly_27]
- The Bucs have added some help at fullback. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Pawtucket 2, DURHAM 1 (The Bulls trail their best-of-5 series 1-0). The Bulls took an early lead on a sac fly by Jesus Flores in the second inning. But a 2-run rally by the PawSox n the 8th inning has the Bulls down 1-0 in the best-of-5 series.
MONTGOMERY. The Biscuits finished the season 71-69.
CHARLOTTE. The Stone Crabs finished the regular season 67-65. They lost their playoff series 3-0.
BOWLING GREEN. The Hot Rods finished the regular season 82-56. Bowling Green lost their first round playoff series 2-0.
HUDSON VALLEY. The Renegades finished the season 38-37.
PRINCETON. The Rays finished the season 25-43.