— Noah Pransky – WTSP (@noahpransky) August 5, 2014
THE BAD: Grant Balfour. The Mad Australian didn’t get much help in the 10th inning, but he also didn’t help himself out or do anything to bail his teammates out. There was a dropped foul ball that led to a walk. There was a check-swing that wasn’t called a strike. But there were also back-to-back walks and a pair of singles. And then after the game, there was Balfour saying, “It’s tough when you’ve got to get five outs sometimes.” as if the blame belonged to everybody else. He may be right, but it is not like he pitched perfectly otherwise…Sean Rodriguez and Tom Foley. Rodriguez has to score from third on the booted ground ball in the 9th inning. Yes, there was only one out. But supposedly the Rays are trying to be more aggressive on the base paths and forcing other teams to make plays. Instead, Rodriguez and Foley played it safe…Brandon Guyer. The Rays still had a chance in the 9th, but Guyer bunted a bad pitch back to the pitcher and Rodriguez was thrown out at home on the squeeze attempt…Comcast. There was no local TV last night which meant we were stuck watching Comcast, who not only showed Alex Cobb being hit in the head, they showed it TWICE. Unreal.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria is now on pace to lead the Rays with just 20 home runs this season. The lowest team-leading total in franchise history is 19, by Fred McGriff in 1998 and 2000…The Rays have now lost 4 of their last 5 and are now 4.5 games behind the Yankees for 3rd place in the East and a half-game behind the White Sox for 6th place in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Diamondbacks, baseball’s dirtiest team. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Alex Colome allowed 7 runs in 4 innings during Durham’s loss. Wilson Betemit’s 17th home run accounted for the only run…Casey Gillaspie hit his 6th home run for Hudson Valley…Catcher Nick Ciuffo hit his 2nd home run for Princeton.