Steven Souza

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

Indians 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Colome made a change to his mechanics and was great. He was perfect through 5. He allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks in 7 shutout innings…Steve Geltz has retired 25 straight batters, still needs a goatee and a mullet.

THE BAD: The Rays have lost a lot games in a lot of interesting ways, but I don’t ever recall a walk-off dropped tag at home plate. With one out in the 9th and the bases loaded, David Murphy hit a flyball to center field. Kevin Kiermaier caught the ball and made a nearly perfect throw home in plenty of time to nail the runner. I say “nearly perfect” because Curt Casali got caught trying to catch the ball on an in-between hop and was never able to control the ball. As he tried to apply the tag, the ball got kicked away and the game was over.

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Of course, Kevin Jepsen was a bit lucky he even got to that point. With first base open, Jepsen was ordered to intentionally walk Michael Brantley just before the walk-off sac fly. On the first pitch, Jepsen threw a 55 mph pitch right down the middle of the plate. If Brantley had been ready, it could have been a walk-off grand slam.

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Jake Elmore had a rough day. He misplayed a groundball at first base that ended Alex Colome’s perfect game. It was a tough play and as Rays fans we have been spoiled by having great defensive first basemen for a while. But it still felt like a ball he should have had. On top of that he was 0-4 at the plate including 0-3 with runners on base. The last two at bats ended innings with runners in scoring position.

THE TELLING: Matt Moore threw 92 pitches (67 strikes) in 5.1 innings for Durham. He struck out 7 and walked 1, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits…Erasmo Ramirez has a strained groin. His next scheduled start is Friday. He won’t know if he can make that start until he throws a bullpen session TuesdayJake Odorizzi threw off a mound on Saturday as he progresses towards a rehab stint…The Rays are 40-31, have the best record in the AL, and still have a 1-game lead in the East. PECOTA now gives the Rays a 66.4% chance of making the playoffs.


  • Alex Colome tweaked his mechanics before his start on Sunday. It seems to have worked. []
  • Jon Heyman still won’t let go of the idea of the Rays trading for Ryan Howard. Somebody needs to sit Heyman down for a few minutes. [CBS Sports]
  • Yikes. If you missed the end of Max Scherzer’s no-hitter this weekend. It was painful. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham lost 5-2 to Columbus with Matt Moore giving up 3 runs in 5.1 innings. C Luke Maile hit his 3rd home run. Corey Brown hit his 11th home run…Casey Gillaspie went 2-4 and is hitting .283 after Bowling Green’s 3-2 loss…Hudson Valley swept a double-header, winning the first 2-1 in 15 innings on a danny De La Calle single.




  1. Gus says:

    The Hangover is an apt name for a summary of yet another Sunday afternoon day game where the hitters from both teams seem particularly not ready to play. This team could use Dale Murphy or Ben Zobrist, or some other early to rise hitter to carry the offense on Sundays. And another MLB debautaunte pitcher looking like King Felix out there.

    All that said, a tremendous job all month by the squad.

  2. Geoff Peterson says:

    Rays surely didn't hit but the Indians were getting help all day from an inept umpiring crew. From the early missed call on a NOT dropped 3rd strike to the NOT check swing call late in the game and several in between, the umps had a crappy day.

  3. Dave L says:

    I was thinking when Jepsen started loading the bases that it was best to just leave him in there and let the chips fall where they may.

    Better to lose it in the 9th with him than to lose it in the 14th or 15th and wring our pen dry.

    After all the winning we were bound to lose like that I can live with it. Nice run lately. Problem is NYY, Toronto and B-more haven't lost much lately either. So no seperation except from the Sox

  4. angrybuddha says:

    I was at that Durham game.

    I have no idea how to evaluate a pitcher, but when Matt Moore gave up back-to-back homersin the 4th, it was ugly. The first was hammered to straightaway center. The second was bad news.... all the way up onto the concourse just to the left of center - not over the Blue Monster... well to the right of that. It was a BOMB.

    • DRR says:

      I was at the game as well. Did you see the quotes from Moore afterwards? It was pretty clear that he was working on some mechanics, specifically with regard to the changeup. He wasn't interested in the game (which is totally legitimate for Moore, even if it annoys me as a Bulls fan) and I suspect that he did what he was supposed to be doing.

  5. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    No gripes about pinch hitting Franklin in a high leverage situation? Dumbest move of the season.

    Moore should be back next week, right?

    Any news on T-Becks?

    • Gus says:

      Agreed on that.

      Especially with Guyer on the bench, right?

      Franklin at 1b is an accident waiting to happen as well.

      I'm trying to be patient with Franklin. Forsythe's first 200 ABs were pretty shaky as a Ray also. But if he is going to be a super-utility guy, you have to have good hands. And not since they days of Willy Aybar have the Rays fans been treated to such poor fielding. There is not one position where Franklin is playing that I think he is MLB caliber. If it doesn't get better, he better get used to Durham.

  6. Brent says:

    ESPN's article on our wounded ballclub...


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