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

Orioles 6, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Kevin Kiermaier is fast. The Orioles announcers were impressed (see below). He used that speed to turn what should have been a double into the gap in left-center into a triple. He also added a home run later on…The bullpen combined to allow just 1 hit and 2 walks in 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing the offense to eventually pull within one run.

THE BAD: More injuries. James Loney was scratched from the lineup because his side tightened up before the game during batting practice. On top of that, John Jaso was not in the lineup. He was originally listed as day-to-day after jamming his wrist on a slide in the first game. However, now it sounds like he is heading to the DL… The first 8 batters in the lineup went 3-28 combined with 10 strikeouts…Nathan Karns eventually settled down, but it was too little, too late, as he was down 4-0 after one inning and 6-0 after two. Then again, it wasn’t all his fault. Two of the four hits in the first inning were lazy groundballs that would have been outs (one would have been a double play) if the Rays weren’t shifting. The bad was the 2-run home run in the second inning. In 29.2 career innings, he has now allowed 9 home runs. That’s not good.

THE TELLING: Logan Forsythe made his first career start at first base after James Loney was scratched from the lineup…Alex Cobb had his “best day yet” throwing since getting tendonitis in his forearm (via TampaBay.com)…The game took 3 hours, 22 minutes. So much for speeding up the games…Attendance for game 2 was 13,906. That was better than game 2 last year against the Blue Jays that drew just 11,1113. But the Rays never draw well for the Jays. Two years ago the Rays faced the O’s and attendance for game 2 was 15,599.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Here is a brief story on the rise of Evan Longoria from high school afterthought to MLB All-Star. [Huff Post]
  • Here is how the price of beer at The Trop compares to other stadiums. [BI Sports]
  • Where to find the best food at the Trop. [Eater]

An idiot ran on the field during the game. Thought he got away with it.

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  1. DRR says:

    Where should I be looking for the "see below" comment about KK?

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  2. Mike says:

    Where does one find this magical $5 beer at the Trop?

    I was disappointed Monday that not only were the Rays not able to bring Jai Alai to other parts of the stadium, they no longer had it at the center field bar. But that disappointment would have been washed away immediately by a $5 beer. Instead I paid $10 (including tip) for the 16 oz Miller Lites Mark brings to your seat. No real complaints there, although they used to be 24 oz back in the glory days.

    Maybe you could do a story about how MLB teams lie about the price of beer in their marketing books?

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    • zenbobrist says:

      I sat in the press level (217) and at one of the generic concession stands (hot dogs, popcorn, nachos etc) they had 5 dollar 12 oz. Miller Lite (or 10 dollar "large" not sure the oz.)

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  3. Greg says:

    Seemed like Steve Geltz took a lot of time between pitches. He really slows the game down. I think it's a Rays tactic, so I don't expect the game times to drop much for Tampa Bay.

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  4. Starmand says:

    Here's an idea. Forget about the starting pitchers for now. Start the game with the bullpen guys and let them take it from there.

    Except Balfour, of course.

    🙂

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  5. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Sousa is pressing (understandably). You can see in his swing that he's taking an all or nothing approach and so far is finding a lot of nothing.

    BAD: 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

    BADDER: Cork talking attendance. We gonna do this every day?

    BADDEST: Any more injuries and this is going to go from bad to impossible.

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    • Gus says:

      Most Baddest: Tim Beckham looking completely overmatched at that plate. Need that guy (and Souza) to take advantage of this golden opportunity they have been given after years in the minors.

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      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        You took the words out of my mouth... so much so, that I had actually typed, verbatim, "Most Baddest: Beckham being clearly outmatch by MLB pitching", but I deleted it because I wanted to give Becks one more game before I jumped to that conclusion...

        ...great minds.

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  6. Joe Dunn says:

    Looked at the EATER site - - i was at game # 1 Monday - - several observations . . . .. very hard to find good IPA beer. Way way way too much Bud and Bud Light everywhere. More and more of us realize light beer is a ripoff and have abandoned it. Has no flavor - - - I'll drink water or iced tea if I am just thirsty.

    Center field party area has a great BBQ pork sandwich ($10) but the cole slaw is some of the WORST I have ever eaten and I have had dozens of varieties. Told the guy and he agreed.

    I still enjoy the TV at home or sports bar experience too much to attend lots of games in person. . . . .too much hassle.

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