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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.

THE GOOD: James Shields. Back to James the Greater. 7.1 innings, 6 Ks and 1 run, which of course, came via a home run. And Shields did it without his usual dominating change. He overcame that and battled with a solid fastball, and kept the hitters off-balance with heavy load of curves and sliders (43 combined)…Just What the Hitting Doctor Ordered. Carlos Villanueva gave the Rays hitters exactly what they needed, extra batting practice. His fastball was 86-89 with little movement. The home run Ben Zobrist hit was a 79 mph belt-high change. You could tell early on that the Rays were going to tee-off. It was just a matter of how long the Jays stuck with Villanueva. And they stuck with him just long enough for the Rays to score 8 times…So That’s What A Leadoff Hitter Looks Like. Two more hits for Desmond Jennings, including his second triple since being brought up. He is now 14-42 (.333) and has been on base 22 times in 11 games…Honey Nut Chirinos. Robinson Chirinos hit his first career home run and boy did he have a big smile on his face. He finished 2-2 with 2 walks. Not a bad night. If he can show anything behind the plate, he and Jose Lobaton will be the Rays catchers in 2012.

THE BAD: Bullpens. There are a lot of reasons most teams no longer have their bullpens on the field. Safety isn’t one of them, but maybe it should be. Justin Ruggiano took a nasty tumble chasing a foul ball late in the game. If he had been injured, it certainly would have led to another round of “hey the Trop is a dump!” stories.

THE TELLING: The last 7 times the Rays have had the bases loaded with no outs, they failed to score 6 times (via JB Long)…Jeremy Hellickson will skip his next start. It has not been announced when he will start again.


  • Tonight is the big Tweet-up with Darren Rovell of CNBC. Here is the full schedule. [Twitter]
  • Drew Vettleson was named Appalachian League player of the week. [Charleston Daily Mail]
  • Did Erik Bedard intentionally lose to the Rays

    prior to the trade deadline? [Rays Colored Glasses]
  • The Rays have never scored fewer runs at home than they are scoring this season. []
  • Here is a look at how the 2010 Rays relief corps is doing with their new teams. [MLBTR]


  • DURHAM 5, Charlotte 3: Alex Torres struck out 7 and walked 2 in 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned). In 111.2 minor league innings this season, Torres has 117 Ks and 60 walks, with a 2.98 ERA…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4 with a double and a walk. He is 6-21 in 6 games since being demoted…DH Stephen Vogt continues his hot start in triple-A, going 2-4 with his first triple-A home run. He is now 8-17 in his first 4 games…1B Dan Johnson homered for the second-straight game.
  • Jacksonville 6, MONTGOMERY 2: Alex Colome allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 6.1 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4. His ERA is now 3.18…SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a double.
  • Palm Beach 10, CHARLOTTE 4: Kyle Lobstein gave up 6 runs in 4 innings, striking out just 1 and walking 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-3 and is hitting .316…C Mark Thomaswent 3-4 with his 11th home run.
  • BOWLING GREEN 8, Fort Wayne 4: Eli Suero gave up 2 runs in 5 innings…SS Derek Dietrich had a double and 2 RBI in 5 at bats.
  • Batavia @ HUDSON VALLEY:
  • PRINCETON 5, Danville 4: RF Drew Vettleson was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .333…1B Cameron Seitzer was 1-4.

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  1. Drew says:

    Pretty sure we didn't beat the Indians 7-0 last night

  2. Don says:

    Maddon with a flash...can't tell you how many times this year with men on 3rd a good bunt would have tied or won the least Joe gets around to it in Aug when we are 11 games behind.... Joe your a genius...ZO & Kotch and two new Kids...whats new!

  3. Sarah says:

    OK, so last night doesn't prove that the Rays can actually hit good pitching, but it's still reassuring to know they can hit bad pitching. Because even that was in question.

    For those of you watching on TV, did you catch BA and Dewayne's discussion of the 6 man rotation? i thought it was interesting. I still think they did this initially because they were looking for a trade (and the rumors about them offering Niemann or Davis for Rasmus back this up), but now that the trade deadline has passed this does give them the ability to limit Hellickson's innings without shutting him down at the end. Anyone think a few more good starts would put him in the running for ROY? I haven't kept track of who the competition might be.

    • LoLJFH says:

      I believe one of the real competitiors for this WAS Michael Pineda at one point, not sure who else in AL unless that kid outfielder from Boston if he is eligible. I did watch the game on and off and wish I had heard the comments about the 6 man rotation, sounds interesting.

  4. Caity says:

    You know what I've noticed, and this doesnt happen all the time. but a lot of the time.
    Whenever the Rays win, the Hangover doesnt get a lot of comments in the comment box. Yet when the Rays lose, it gets up to 30-50 comments in the comment box. It's just something that I've noticed in the past few months.

    • LoLJFH says:

      Winning breeds contentment, right? Last night was a pretty good game for them, not great, just pretty good. I'll take the "w". We got great pitchiing, good hitting and good execution along with some timely Blue Jays errors, missed plays and poor starting pitching.
      I think what bugs most people, Caity, and why you see more against the team when we lose, is that we look so freaking bad when we do lose you CAN'T ignore it. We don't lose 3-2 or 7-6 fighting like hell; we lose 3-1 and 7-2 flailing.

    • Jim says:

      People in general tend to focus on the negative, and on blogs and message boards, it seems even more so.

  5. Tom says:

    I think Joyce stealing 2nd with an 8-1 lead should be in the bad.

    • LoLJFH says:

      Nah, we need some bad ass on our team. Plus, with our bullpen at times noone can take anything for granted.


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