The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 6, Cardinals 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: The Catch. Oh mamma, what a catch by Kevin Kiermaier (see below). Not only was it a great catch, but it came with 2 outs and the bases loaded. That catch likely saved 3 runs. The Rays can’t demote him when Wil Myers returns, right? RIGHT?…The Bullpen and Grant Balfour. The bullpen looked like the one we all hoped for at the start of the season, pitching 5 scoreless innings and allowing just 1 hit. More importantly, Grant Balfour came in and pitched well, ironically picking up a save, pitching the final 2.1 innings…Getting the Runners In. For the first time since May 25, the Rays had 3 hits with runners in scoring position. More importantly, the Rays did it with 2 outs, with all 4 runs in the 4th inning coming with 2 outs.
THE BAD: Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch for the Rays’ game on July 6 has been moved to 8:00 PM so that it can be shown on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Why is this “Bad”? Because the game is in Detroit and the Rays have a game the next night at home against the Royals. This means the Rays won’t get home until 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning.
THE TELLING: The 4-run 4th inning snapped a club-record 31 consecutive innings without scoring a run…The Rays have already signed 7 of their top 11 draft picks…Jeremy Hellickson will make his 2nd of 3 rehab starts tonight. Brandon Guyer had his cast removed, but there is no timetable for his return.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Tony LaRussa on Joe Maddon: “I just visited with him, and there’s nobody who manages any better than Joe, whether you’re going well or you’re struggling. One of the things that he’s doing is that he’s keeping the club intact. It’s a long season. I will guarantee you that when they get to the second half of the season, the Rays will be in contention. And a lot of it is because of the way he’s handling the struggles. There’s a lot of clubs struggling at some point during the season.” [TampaBay.com]
- Derby Lane, a favorite of Don Zimmer, gave a sign to Joe Maddon as a gift to be used in tribute of Zim. [TampaBay.com]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Enny Romero struck out 5 and walked none in 6 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits. His ERA is now 5.71. Josh Lueke pitched a perfect 9th inning. Mikie Mahtook went 0-2 with a walk and Hak-Ju Lee is hitting .225 after going 1-3…Left fielder Jeremy Moore hit his 5th home run for Montgomery…Outfielder Granden Goetzman hit his 6th home run and is hitting .321 for Bowling Green.
Here is Kevin Kiermaier’s catch.