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

RAYS 4, Yankees 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer had a rough start, allowing each of the first 5 batters to reach base, with 2 of them scoring. In the second inning, he gave up 2 more hits, but got a lot of help from Rene Rivera who threw out 2 base runners attempting to steal. But after the second inning, we saw Big Tree. After the second inning, Archer retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced including 6 strikeouts…The Rays scored 2 runs in the 8th inning the old-fashioned way, going strikeout-walk-single-sac fly-intentional walk-wild pitch-strikeout…After starting the season throwing out just 2 of 14 attempted base steals, Rene Rivera has now thrown out the last 3 would-be base stealers…Brad Boxberger, who is not a closer, picked up his 9th save in 9 chances…Minor leaguer Blake Snell threw 7 shutout innings for double-A Montgomery and has not allowed a run in 40 innings this season. Snell was one of the Rays’ many first and supplemental-round picks in 2011 (No. 52 overall). He was No. 12 on the Rays’ preseason top prospects list.

THE BAD: The bottom-third of the order (Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Guyer, Rene Rivera) went a combined 0-9 and left a lot of runners on base…Attendance (10,417) was under 11,000 for the second straight game, breaking Monday’s 1-day old record for smallest crowd ever for a Yankees game at The Trop. A lot of people want to blame the Lightning game. But how much do you want to blame on hockey? Tuesday games do typically do better than Monday games when the opponent is the same team, but the difference is rarely more than 1,000-1,500. So the attendance without the hockey game might have been 12,000-13,000. I’m not sure “IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 12,500!” is a fight worth fighting.

THE TELLING: This was just the 2nd win in 8 games against the Yankees this season…Evan Longoria will bat third for the foreseeable future…Erasmo Ramirez will start Thursday’s game against the Yankees…No. 14 ranked prospect in the Rays’ organization Andrew Velazquez had surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist.


  • The Rays are still ranked high in the Fox Sports Power Ranking, coming in at No. 7 this week with a 54.4% chance of making the playoffs. That says just as much about the weakness of the other teams as it does about how good the Rays are. []
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Bulls lost 6-2 with Everett Teaford giving up 6 runs in 3.2 innings. Corey Brown drove in both runs and had a pair of doubles. Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 but did steal his 7th base. He is hitting .248…In game 1, the Biscuits lost 7-6 in the completion of a postponed game. Daniel Robertson went 4-4 with a walk and 3 RBI. In game 2, the Biscuits scored 12 runs in the final 2 innings in the 14-0 win. Blake Snell tossed 7 shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to start the season to 40 innings. He struck out 5 and allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks. Daniel Robertson went 3-5 to raise his average to .298 and Richie Shaffer was 3.5 with a double and 2 RBI…Charlotte won the first game of their double-header 8-2 with German Marquez giving up just 1 run in 5 innings. Willy Adames hit his 2nd home run of the year. Game 2 was rained out because Florida…Bowling Green beat West Michigan 5-1 with Greg Harris striking out 8 and walking none in 5 innings. He gave up 1 run. DH Jace Conrad hit his 4th home run.

Here is a closer look at the Rays farm system with a spotlight on Daniel Robertson…





  1. Arsene says:

    Among the 4 hits in the first, there are 2 groundballs, 1 weak contact and 1 piece of good hitting. Big tree didn't pitch poorly. He deserves more than his 3-4 with sub-3.00 era

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    The start of the game certainly lent some credence to the 'they're stealing signs' discussion. As soon as Longo called the meeting on the mound, and the signs were changed, the hitting stopped. The real issue then is, if they suspected this from the previous game why didn't they make the adjustment before last night's game?

    Boxberger, "who's not a closer", will soon "not be a set-up guy" because the real "not a closer" will be back in Minnesota (barring any setbacks).

    If you had to put a percentage on the chances the Rays are interested in making a play for Kaz what would you say? 10-15%???

    • Ken says:

      Very interesting thought about Kaz. Clearly the Rays need a LH starter to combat the Yanks LH heavy lineup. Nobody in the Rays system appears ready for the show.
      I can't believe that Cabrera, Rivera, Loney will not get hot at some point soon. With all the misfortune the team has experienced I'm amazed they're still above .500. I remain hopeful. Go Rays.

    • Gus says:

      In Longo's post-game interview he said I went over and told those guys to change the signs, he thought the Yankees were on them. He's the closest to the NY dugout; he's the veteran. The bleeding immediately stopped. I think that tells you everything you need to know.

      Way to go Longo.

    • Dave L says:

      Im not much into conspiracies and excuses but did anyone else notice after Ellsbury got back to the dugout after scoring the first run he was talking to one of the coaches I forgot who and had a big grin and was covering his mouth to prevent lip reading. Thats not unheard of in a dugout but it adds grist to the mill.

      On the other hand, nobody is stealing any signs in our park until a runner is at least on second right? Dont let the first runner on and no one is there to 'steal' a sign. Its not stealing anyway, unless someone is installing secret cameras. If they are doing it 2 nights in a row its fool me once........

      And its your own damned lazy fault

    • Dave L says:


      Do you know what it would take to pry away a LH SP with a 2.78 ERA who averages 6.2 innings per start? (see what I did there) What do you propose giving up? They aren't taking out our garbage for him.

      The Rays have never traded for anyone with a fraction of his value mid-season. No reason to believe they would now.

      I'd put the chances at 0.023%

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        They've also never thirsted for arms like they are now. I put the chances very low as well, but the Rays do have enough prospect power to pull something like that off. And if they keep scratching out wins it makes baseball sense, but it may not make Rays "cents".

        (Way to go with the decimal notation of the innings 🙂 )

  3. phil says:

    at least we will have Blake Snell for next year and Matt Moore in another month!

  4. Drew S says:

    So I went back and watched Souza get picked off in the first inning. Can anyone explain how that is not a balk? Did they stop calling balks if the first move was with your front foot?


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