The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Jose Molina. How bad was this game? The most valuable play in the game for the Rays, in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA) was Jose Molina reaching on an error in the third inning with the score still 0-0, making it first and third with no outs. The least valuable play in the game came from the very next batter when the Rays scored their only run. Sean Rodriguez grounded into a double-play. Sure it score a run, but it killed the rally. Instead of putting a crooked number on the board, the Rays only put up 1 and then scoring was over.
THE BAD: What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?. When the history book report on this game, they should use this photo instead of Jake Odorizzi’s stat line. Four home runs. Twice the Orioles went back-to-back off Odorizzi.
No seriously. As if Jake Odorizzi giving up back-to-back home runs twice and the Orioles hitting 5 HRs wasn’t enough, they also took a home run away from Evan Longoria and turned it into a double-play.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Congrats to the Durham Bulls who clinched their 7th division title in 8 years with a win last night. [MiLB]
- Joe Maddon assured Yunel Escobar that he won’t be traded today. [TampaBay.com]
- This was a pretty cool end to the Little League World Series. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Matt Andriese gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in the Bulls’ 4-2 win which clinched their 7th division title in 8 years. DH Mike Fontenot and 3B Cole Figueroa both went 3-4 and drove in a run…Montgomery won 4-3 behind Richie Shaffer’s third home run in 6 games, a 2-run shot…CF Johnny Field hit a grand slam with 1 out in the top of the 9th to erase a 1-run deficit to help the Stone Crabs to an 8-5 win…German Marquez struck out 8 nd walked none over 6 innings for Bowling Green, giving up 1 run.