The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 1, Tigers 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb’s changeup in the 7th inning. Cobb was sensational, striking out 6 and allowing just 2 hits in 7 shutout innings. But he saved his best for last. After Torii Hunter led off the 7th with a double and went to third on a ground out, Cobb then intentionally walked Victor Martinez trying to set up the double-play. But a pitch in the dirt moved Martinez into scoring position and the Rays are in huge trouble. But with the count full to JD Martinez, Cobb unleashed the nastiest changeup you’ll ever see. Martinez knew it was coming and still missed it by 6 inches.
Kevin Kiermaier’s catch in the 8th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, Joe Maddon subbed K2 into the game for defense and what a move it was. With a runner on second and just 1 out, Rajai Davis hit what appeared to be a game-tying single to right-center. But Kiermaier came out of nowhere to make the grab and preserve the lead.
THE BAD: The Offense, again. The Rays only got 1 hit off of David Price and he retired the last 23 batters he faced in the complete game.
THE TELLING: The win was the first in franchise history in which the Rays had less than 2 hits…After the Rays didn’t record a hit in the final 7.2 innings, the Durham Bulls went 8.2 innings before getting their first hit last night…Random note: With the trade of David Price, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria now appear to be the last 2 Rays players who have worn a green Tampa Bay Devil Rays uniform. Longo played 7 games in the 2007 Spring Training and wore a regular season uniform on picture day. Price wore a Devil Rays jersey and cap when he was introduced at the Trop in 2007 after being drafted. Zobrist played for the D-Rays in ’07.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is a must-read on the breakdown of baseball fans in the state of Florida and where they come from. [TampaBayBaseballMarket]
- Chris Rock was nearly maimed by a foul ball but then gave it to a kid. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mike Wright of the Norfolk Tides had a no-hitter for 8.2 innings, giving up 2 unearned runs in the 9th inning. Mikie Mahtook’s double in the 9th ended the no-hit bid. Nate Karns allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings for Durham…Richie Shaffer hit his 15th home run for Montgomery, but he is still hitting just .212 with a .298 OBP. In 264 games since he was a first-round pick in 2012 Shaffer has a .243 average with a .316 OBP and .730 OPS. That’s not going to cut it for a 23-year old in double-A.