Brad BoxbergerThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Orioles 3, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Brad Boxberger. Well, yesterday I said Boxberger probably wasn’t ready for high-leverage situations on a regular basis. Boy was I wrong. After loading the bases with no outs in the 6th inning, David Price was pulled and replaced by Boxberger who proceeded to do something that has never been recorded before. He struck out the next 3 batters on 9 pitches to get out of the inning. According to Elias, they have no record of a reliever ever accomplishing that feat. After the game, Price paid the highest compliment a starter can give a reliever: “If I ever leave the game with runners on, Box is the guy I want to come in. That was incredible.” And you had to love the way he did it. A young pitcher gets called into a situation like that and they more than likely will want to start fastball just to find a groove. The Orioles were clearly expecting that, continually swinging early at Boxberger’s changeup. You also have to love that he attacked the strikezone. Most young pitchers may try too hard to nibble in that situation, more worried about what could go wrong instead of trying to do something right…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla was in a mini-slump, with just 2 hits and 2 walks in his last 7 games (32 plate appearances). So it was nice to see Zobrist get a hit last night. But more importantly, it was nice to see the 3 walks, which is usually a good sign that he is not pressing and is getting back to seeing the pitches well.

THE BAD: Leaving Runners on Base. The Rays scored a run in the first inning. In 5 of the next 8 innings the Rays had at least one runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs. The Rays did not score in any of those innings.

THE TELLING: The Rays have lost 5 straight home games and were swept for the first time this season…Jim Hickey was ejected for arguing a check-swing. It was the second ejection of his career…Alex Cobb will throw a simulated game today and could start a rehab sting as early as next week. Jeremy Hellickson is still throwing bullpen sessions, but has yet to start throwing curveballs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Bucs did not get Johnny Manziel last night, or Teddy Bridgewater. [JoeBucsFan]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresMike Montgomery gave up 8 runs (7 earned) in 4.2 innings, Kevin Kiermaier hit his 3rd home run. He also had a single and a walk.
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  1. Rob says:

    I'm sure Lueke or Bell could have done the same thing (sarcasm). Hopefully this performance will encourage the Rays to leave Boxberger in the majors like I have been suggesting and hopefully they won't trade him at the end of the year for a guy who can't hit .200. Now, they should follow my other advice and bring up Keirmeyer and send Guyer back down.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      Kiermayer is too young to come uo and sit on the bench and he will not start over Jennings, Dejesus, Myers, or Joyce. Also if you look at Guyer and Kiermayer's stats at Durham last year Guyers are much better. Granted Kiermayers defense is superior.

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      • Rob says:

        In addition to his defense, he is left-handed and he has speed. I agree his bat will be no better than Guyer's, but he brings other things to the table Guyer doesn't.

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  2. Dave L says:

    Its good to see that something good may come out of the Padres trade.

    Torres is off to a torrid start with SD 0.60 era on 2 runs one earned in 15 innings. He's being used as we did sort of a mid- leverage guy so he hasn't moved the to the top tier for them yet.

    We dont need to quote Logans stats--- they are universally bad. Hope he doesn't completely wash out. His defense looks ok. And he's a ok baserunner on an overall speed deficient 2014 Rays squad compared to some past.

    But trades aren't won or lost the first 6 weeks of the season. So lets see in a couple of months

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  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Kiermeir would be better than Guyer, but that would mean waiving Guyer... he still projects decently, so it's a bit of a quandary for the brain-trust I'm sure

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  4. Rob says:

    Just one more thought on this, and this is one of the reasons I love baseball. No matter what happens, there seeems to be about a dozen plays each year that you have never seen before. Since the inception of professional baseball, there have been a total of 3,684,102 innings (over 7.2 million half innings) played and last night was the first time somone struck out the side with the bases loaded in 9 pitches?? How crazy is that?

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  5. Chris D says:

    This might not be a popular opinion, but I think Price needs to be unloaded. He expressed surprise (and disappointment?) to be here early in the year. A month or so ago, he expressed displeasure at being lifted when he was. Overall, it feels like his head is already playing for another team. If that's the case, then the Rays need to make it so. I know it's not easy to do this with the pitching situation right now, but give it a month and if nothing changes, play for the future.

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