Andrew Friedman and Matt Silverman

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

RAYS 8, Dodgers 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: We talked yesterday about how Steve Pearce is a guy who can get hot and start to hit home runs in bunches and sure enough, his go-ahead 3-run home run in the 6th inning was his second in two games and his third in his last 5 starts. He also has 8 hits in his last 6 games. Of course, it helps when the Dodgers throw out back-to-back left-handed starters. Unfortunately, Pearce will likely be back on the bench Friday against the Angels. In all, the Rays hit 4 home runs, but Pearce’s was the big blow.

THE BAD: The Rays play a lot of ugly games and they played one of their uglier ones on Wednesday. Luckily they had enough offense for once, otherwise, this would have been a game that would have driven fans nuts. Rays pitchers walked 7 batters and threw 3 wild pitches. The bullpen has been especially bad recently and were again last night. Enny Romero faced 4 batters, walking 3 and giving up a hit. What had been an 8-2 lead, was suddenly down to 8-5 and Xavier Cedeno had to come in and save Romero’s butt. And there was the defense. With the lefty starter for the Dodgers, Kevin Kiermaier was on the bench. That led directly to the Dodgers’ game-tying run in the 6th inning when Brandon Guyer couldn’t catch this flare to center field. This would have been an easy play for Kiermaier. Instead, Puig would advance to third and then score on a wild pitch.

THE TELLING: Matt Moore is no longer scheduled to start against the Angels on Sunday. There is speculation that the Rays, who needed a 5th starter at some point anyway, are going to move that extra starter up to Sunday so that Moore doesn’t have to face the Angels, a team that hits well against lefties…The Angels’ starter for Friday’s game is undecided at this point…The Rays are now 12-14, 3.5 games behind the Red Sox.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Not sure what to make of this. Chris Cotillo says the Rays have “interest” in giving Kevin Kiermaier a long-term deal but that there have been no talks in “recent months.” [Twitter]
  • Hillsborough Count may soon be able to raise hotel taxes which could mean more money for a Rays stadium. [TampaBay.com]
  • “Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez may be pitching too well to return to rotation” [TampaBay.com]

Steven Souza with a mesmerizing slide.

Raymond had a rough series. On Tuesday he got punk’s by Yasiel Puig. On Wednesday, he sniffed out the punking attempt, but instead got KO’d by Adrian Gonzalez.

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  1. Rob says:

    You can't see it on the video, but Guyer got a late jump and took a step in the wrong direction off the bat. Should have been an easy play - a better read and no slide would have been needed.

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