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

Gm 1: RAYS 2, Red Sox 1 (boxscore)

Gm 2: RAYS 6, Red Sox 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Defining Moment? Baseball is a long season filled with many small moments. But occasionally you run into one that feels bigger, kinda like Ben Zobrist’s home run on the first day after the All-Star break in 2008. The Rays have been struggling. Nothing was going right. They couldn’t score runs. Tons of injuries. And then the Red Sox force the Rays to play 2 when it was not necessary. The Rays responded by winning both games and at the end of the season we may look back at these games as the moment that kick-started the season. Thanks, Red Sox!…Karma. Dave Wills: “The Rays, who put up a fight about playing 2, win ‘em both! KARMA IS A, I think we know what Karma is.” Ben Zobrist: “I hope everybody enjoyed their bobbleheads.”…Lucky. The Rays won game 1 by a score of 2-1 and the biggest moment of the game came when Yunel Escobar threw Dustin Pedroia out at the plate on a beautiful relay from Matt Joyce. At first it looked like Pedroia was clearly safe. And replays suggested he might have been safe. But I watched both networks and there was never a clear shot of Pedroia even touching the plate much less touching it before he was tagged. If the umpire in New York is going to overrule another umpire, it is going to have to be obvious and there is no way anybody can argue that there was an obvious view of Pedroia safe…The Mad Australian. After imploding against the White Sox, Grant Balfour needed a big bounce-back moment and boy did he get it saving both games of the double-header with 3 Ks in 2 innings. And boy did he enjoy the second one…Yunel Escobar. Huge home run. HUGE. And as usual, Dave Wills had a fantastic call.

THE BAD: Chris Archer. After winning game 1 and taking an early lead in game 2, Big Tree did the worst possible thing. He started walking everybody in the stadium. He walked the bases loaded and yet, he still looked like he might get out of it when he got Dustin Pedroia to fly out to left field. But then Archer hit Shane Victorino to force in a run and it was all downhill from there. You would rather see Archer give up multiple home runs than walk 3 batters and hit a fourth with a 2-run lead.

THE TELLING: This was the first time the Rays have ever swept a double-header at Fenway. They are now 1-3-3 all time…20 hours after the day started at Fenway Park, the Rays arrived at their hotel in New York City…Brad Boxberger was added to the roster for the second game as the 26th player…The Rays wore their navy jerseys for both games yesterday and are now 6-6 on the road in navy and 0-3 on the road in grey.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Red Sox were not happy about the replay challenge in game 1 that went against them. [TampaBay.com]
  • A Boston Herald reporter sat down with Joe Maddon for a chat. [BostonHerald video]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresEnny Romero gave up 3 runs in 5.2 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. The Bulls managed just 3 hits in being shutout…Montgomery split a double-header with Cameron Seitzer and Ryan Brett hitting home runs for the Biscuits.

This play by Cesar Ramos was #8 on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of the day.

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8 Comments

  1. JMN says:

    So glad the review umpire in NYC did not feel the need to appease the Boston fans and made the right call.

  2. Gus says:

    Just keep surviving until Cobb gets back.

    Worth noting — S-Rod leading the team in homers in May and being extremely clutch last night (could have had 2 HRs, and scored the tying run).

  3. Dean says:

    You’ve touched on it, Cork, but in addition to the Rays, Dave Wills had a great day yesterday, too!

  4. Jason says:

    Nothing cures the ails of a losing streak better than beating Boston in fenway. Something about Bostonians makes me wanna do and say mean things. Anyways way to comeback. I thought for sure that disastrous 5th was going to do the rays in, Way to battle back

  5. Ken says:

    Hats off to Mr. Smith 1980, 2 of 3 vs the Yanks and he hits the weekly double.

  6. Rob says:

    Way to go Rays. I said this in another thread, but the bullpen pitched 8.2 innings of shutout baseball and neither Bell nor Lueke made an appearance in either game; they choose to go with the call-up, Boxberger, instead, which makes you wonder: If he is a better option in a high leverage situation, why are the other two still on the roster?

    • Casey says:

      You hit the nail on the head there! No Lueke or Bell and two wins? If pitching is what will take us far we have to get rid of those two. Please throw in Forsythe and Guyer to boot!

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