Kevin Jepsen

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

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Erasmo Ramirez once again does exactly what a 5th starter needs to do. He worked into the 6th inning and gave up just 1 run…  Steven Souza remains red-hot, driving in the first run with a hard single right back up the middle. If there were 2 outs, it probably would have been a 2-run single. As it was, Logan Forsythe was held up at third base, which nearly backfired. But then Souza took care of the second run in the next at bat when it appeared that Jake Elmore hit into an inning-ending double-play. Souza slid hard into second base, causing a weak throw to first base from Robinson Cano. This gave Elmore just enough time to beat out the play and allow Forsythe to score.

THE BAD: I’m putting Kevin Jepsen here just because he gave us a heart attack. We were already nervous when Kevin Cash decided to bring Jepsen in for the 9th inning of a 1-run game, a player with just 5 career saves. Then Jepsen proceeded to walk the first batter he faced on 5 pitches. Walking a lead-off batter is bad. In this case it was worse because it meant Robinson Cano would almost certainly come up in the inning and he did. But after a sac bunt Jepsen got Austin Jackson and Cano to strike out. Game over.

THE TELLING: The Rays are 29-26, a half-game behind the Yankees. The Red Sox lost and have fallen to 5.5 games behind the Yankees.


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  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Scott Diamond held Charlotte to 1 run in 5.1 innings in Durham’s 4-1 win. He struck out 1 and walked 1. Curt Casali homered in his second straight game, his 4th dinger of the year. He had 3 hits. JP Arencibia also had 3 hits, but is still batting just .213. Richie Shaffer had a double and an RBI and Taylor Motter stole his 15th base…Blake Snell entered the game having allowed just 3 runs in his first 10 appearances this season but gave up 4 in just 5 innings during Montgomery’s 5-1 loss. Boog Powell went 2-5…Buddy Borden tossed 7 shutout innings in Charlotte’s 7-2 win. He struck out 3 and gave up just 3 hits and a walk. Dayron Varona went 4-5 with a pair of doubles. Maxx Tissenbaum went 4-4 with a double and 2 RBI…Casey Gillaspie was 2-5 and hit his 10th home run in Bowling Green’s 7-3 win.



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  1. Rob says:

    Read an article this morning that Butler works with Shelton on a regular basis. Have to give Sheltie some props where it's due.


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