Jeremy Hellickson Struggles Early, Angels Take Advantage
The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 5-3 in the opening of their three game series. The loss drops the Rays to 53-56 and with the win the Angels improve to 65-43.
Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29 ERA) was the losing pitcher lasting just 4.2 innings allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits including two home runs striking out four and walking two.
The Angels added their fifth run off Kirby Yates in the top of the sixth inning. Cesar Ramos (0.1 IP), Jeff Beliveau (1.1 IP), Joel Peralta (1.0 IP), and Grant Balfour (1.o IP) all recorded scoreless outings.
The win went to Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (9-3, 4.09 ERA) worked five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits striking out one and walking none. With his zero walk effort Shoemaker extended his consecutive innings streak without a walk to 23.1 innings
After Jason Grilli, Kevin Jepsen, and Joe Smith kept the Rays scoreless Huston Street came in to work the ninth inning to close the game and pick up his 29th save on the season and fifth since being acquired by the Angles from the San Diego Padres on July 19th.
The Rays didn’t make it easy on Street as Cole Figueroa led off with a single. Brandon Guyer who was down in the count 0-2 fought his way back and drew a walk. Kevin Kiermaier sent a soft groundball to shortstop Erick Aybar whose throw to second was not in time to nab the hustling Guyer and the Rays had the bases loaded with nobody out.
The Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Hellickson struggled to settle in. He walked the leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun and then watched as Mike Trout lined a two run homer to left. It was Trouts 25th home of the season and 18 of the 25 homers had either tied the game or given the Angels the lead.
Albert Pujols followed with a double off the wall in left center and after Josh Hamilton grounded out back to the mound came in to score on a base hit by Erick Aybar who was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double.
The Rays cut the lead to to 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning as James Loney doubled to lead off the inning on a ball that bounded high off the wall in right. The play was reviewed but the ruling on the field was upheld. Yunel Escobar moved Loney to third on an infield single and Cole Figueroa delivered a sacrifice fly to bring him home.
The Angels came right back with a run of their own in the top of the third inning as Josh Hamilton solo homer in the top of 3rd to push the lead to 4-1.
The Rays mounted a two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to draw with a run at 4-3. With two out in the inning Ben Zobrist singled and Matt Joyce followed with a double to move Zobrist to third. Evan Longoria followed with a infield single to third baseman David Freese who threw wildly past first baseman Albert Pujols that allowed both Zobrist and Joyce to score.
Longoria made the turn to advance to second but collided with first base umpire Larry Vanover and as a result Longoria was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
The Angels, as they had through this game, responded with a run of their own in the top of the sixth inning to push the lead back to 5-3.
Kirby Yates came in to work the sixth inning and after David Freese was thrown out trying to steal had the bases empty and two out. He issued a walk to J.B. Shuck who then came around to score on a Chris Ianetta double.
Jason Grilli, Kevin Jepsen, Joe Smith, and Huston Street held the Rays scoreless over the final four innings with Street picking up his 29th save on the season and fifth since being acquired by the Angles from the San Diego Padres on July 19th.