Lack Of Offense Wipes Out Solid Effort By Odorizzi
The Tampa Bay Rays were shutout for their third consecutive game falling to the Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals by a final score of 1-0.
The loss drops the Rays to 2-6 in interleague play and eighteen games under .500 at 24-42. With the win the Cardinals improve to 34-31.
It was the tenth time the Rays have been shutout this season tying the San Diego Padres for the major league lead. The Rays have now been shutout in five of their ten games in the month of June.
It marks the first time in franchise history that the team has been shutout three times in a row and the Rays offense has extended their scoreless streak to 28 innings.
The Rays left 11 runners on base and are now hitting .099 (10 for 101) over their last 101 plate appearances with runners in scoring position.
Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85 ERA) made one mistake pitch to Matt Holiday with two out in the top of the sixth inning to Matt Holliday who launched a home run to left center field to put the Cardinals up 1-0.
Odorizzi delivered a career high 7.1 innings allowing just one earned run on three hits striking out five and walking one. He turned the ball over to Joel Peralta who recorded the last two outs of the eighth inning and Jake McGee worked a scoreless ninth.
Adam Wainwright worked the first seven scoreless innings for the Cardinals giving up seven hits striking out two and walking two.
Pat Neshek entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up a lead off double to Kevin Kiermaier and then hit Evan Longoria. Lefty Sam Freeman came in to face James Loney and struck him out for the first out. Ben Zobrist worked the count in his favor 3-1 before sending a line drive to Jon Jay for the second out.
Trevor Rosenthal entered the game to face pinch hitter Jerry Sands and hit him to load the bases for Matt Joyce who popped out to shortstop Johnny Peralta. As a team the Rays are now hitting just .146 (6 for 41) with the bases loaded.
Rosenthal remained in the game to finish off the Rays and picked up his 17th save on the year.