6-10-2015 8-23-13 PM

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, Angels 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria returned to the lineup and hit a home run in the 3rd inning to give the Rays the lead for good…All Joey Butler does is get hits. Last night he had a single and an RBI groundout. His average actually fell to .324…Kevin Kiermaier drove in the first run with a single and later robbed Albert Pujols of a hit with the diving grab seen above…Brad Boxberger returned to the mound for the first time in a week and looked fine, throwing a perfect 8th inning a strikeout of Mike Trout and the previously mentioned lineout of Albert PujolsJake McGee picked up his first save of the season in his 10th appearance. I’d say McGee is all the way back. In 9 innings this season he has 14 strikeouts and no walks. That’s pretty good.

THE BAD: Last night was one of the smallest crowds I remember seeing at The Trop in a long time. The official attendance was 10,088, but it looked closer to 5,000-6,000 actual people in the stands. While I think the impact of the earlier hockey playoffs was overblown, the Stanley Cup Final is a different monster, especially with the Bolts up in the series heading into last night’s game. And there were also some big storms in the area which don’t impact the game but do impact whether or not people decide to travel to the game. It was the perfect storm, if you will.

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THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The early word is that he should be out close to 2 (more) months…Matt Moore is hoping to be back with the Rays on June 26…Prior to last night’s game, the Rays sent Enny Romero back to Durham brought back Preston Guilmet. The Rays also activated Kirby Yates from the DL and sent him back to Durham…The Rays are 32-28, 1.5 games behind the Yankees who lost their first game in their last 8. The Red Sox have fallen to 6.5 behind the Yankees. The Blue Jays are red hot, winners of 8 straight, 1.5 behind the Rays.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Here is a list of every pick by the Rays in the draft, All. 40. Rounds. This link includes scouting videos for a dozen of the players or so. [MLB.com]
  • This pretty much sums up the absurdity of the MLB Draft. [The Onion]
  • Speaking of which, here is MLB.com breaking down the Rays’ draft. [MLB.com VIDEO]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham beat Lehigh Valley 9-8 with a 12th inning walk-off single from Taylor Motter. He went 3-7 in the game and stole his 17th base. Richie Shaffer was 3-5 with his 4th triple-A home run in 15 games since being promoted. It was his 11th overall…Montgomery swept a double-header from Mississippi with Blake Snell giving up just 1 run in 5 innings in his start. He did walk 4 with just 3 Ks. Bradin Hagens tossed 5 shutout innings in the other game. Boog Powell was 4-6 with a double and 2 triples in the 2 games…Charlotte beat Dunedin 12-6 with 2B Kean Wong going 4-6. Dayron Varona, the signee from Cuba, was 3-6 with his 1st home run. He has 21 hits in his first 12 games (.382) with 7 extra-base hits…Justin Williams was 4-5 with his 5th home run of the season in Bowling Green’s win.

Hey Mr. Baseball Man, why are you sliding?

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  1. Rob says:

    Was Boxberger hurt? I was wondering why Jepsen was closing games last week.

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  2. Matthew Burchard says:

    Arm tightness. He's back and active again.

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  3. Greg says:

    Anyone else hear Kiermaier tell Todd Kalas he didn't know the rule that on the tag play to end the inning, the run counted because the runner touched home before KK was tagged out. How can you play baseball all your life and not know that?

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    • angrybuddha says:

      Yeah, I was shocked by that, too. It reminded me of Donovan McNabb not knowing that NFL games can end in a tie.

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  4. ray says:

    Terrific attendance.

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  5. angrybuddha says:

    Cork,

    At the moment, it appears as though we actually don't have a Capital-C Closer.... just like Cash has been saying.

    Using your "closer" (aka, best reliever) in the highest leverage situation is the Rays-way that the Rays have never actually done. But last night we did it. It was awesome to see: 1-run lead, Trout & Pujols coming up, and we slot in our "closer" instead of our 8th-inning-guy.

    And it worked.

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