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: Kevin Kiermaier has struggled from the leadoff spot, hitting .194 in 23 games from the top spot entering last night’s game. But he was good last night, collecting 2 hits including a double that he almost hustled into a triple. Nobody is ever going to accuse Kiermaier of not busting his butt.

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THE BAD: Just one of those nights when you have an inexperienced pitcher on the mound (Alex Colome) and he is facing a lineup that includes Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Some nights you are going to give up some home runs, in this case Colome gave up 3 and Pujols hit 2. Some people had a problem with Pujols watching his second home run. Meh. Dude has earned the right in his career to enjoy his home runs and he certainly earned the right last night.

THE TELLING: Andrew Bellatti was called up to take Tim Beckham’s spot on the roster after he went on the DL. In addition, Ernesto Frieri was designated for assignment after the game and the Rays called up Mikie Mahtook…The Rays are now 1.0 game behind the Yankees at 26-26.


  • Tim Brown on why the Rays always have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Marc Topkin caught up with Matt Joyce. []
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls had the night off…Austin Pruitt allowed just 1 run over 6 innings in Montgomery’s 5-3 win. Daniel Robertson went 1-4 with a triple and a walk. Justin O’Conner had a double and 2 RBI…Charlotte won 2-0 with Jacob Faria struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 8 scoreless innings. He allowed just 3 hits. Willy Adames was 0-4 with a strikeout and Dayon Verona went 0-4 with 2 Ks…Infielder Jace Conrad hit his 8th and 9th home runs of the season in Bowling Green’s 8-4 win.

Why does this exist?

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  1. Scott Roth says:

    Pujols always watches his home runs. I don't know if one ever "earns" the right to show up his opponent, but it doesn't matter with him. He has always placed himself a level higher than others...which is the main reason I have never and will never respect him. Doesn't matter how good you are, SHOW RESPECT.

    • Geoff Peterson says:

      No different than Ortiz. Pujols seems to be above suspicion for steroids but given his career output and the era he's played in, I at least have to include him on the list of suspects. There are plenty of juicers that never tested positive because they had good masking drugs. If they preen and flex and watch the ball into the seats when they hit one out, why are they always so surprised when they get plunked?

  2. Gus says:

    Starting to wonder when Moore comes back if Colome is the one who leaves the rotation.

    Young pitcher or not, in Anaheim, we seem to serve up lots of homers to Pujolos. I remember Price struggling with him there too.

    I miss Alex Cobb.

    No mention here of the Rays ticket wackiness that was in the Romano column? I'm not sure what it means, but I thought it was curious.


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