Rays Offense Backs Jake Odorizzi In 10-3 Victory Over Blue Jays

Odorizzi & Total Team Effort Results In 10-3 Rays Victory



The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a final score of 10-3 to improve their record to 43-53 on the year. The win went to right hander Jake Odorizzi (5-8, 4.01 ERA) who worked 6.2 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits striking out seven while walking just two.

The Rays jumped out to a 1-o lead in the first inning thanks to the legs and determination of Kevin Kiermaier who turned a leadoff single into a double when Jays outfield Anthony Gose did not use max effort to attack the baseball. He then got himself to third base by tagging up on a fly ball to Colby Rasmus in medium deep center field and came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Joyce.

The Jays tied the game in the top of the second when Colby Rasmus sent a sinking line drive toward Kiermaier in center and his over aggressive style cost him as he dove for the ball and it skipped underneath him allowing Rasmus to race around to third. He came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Juan Francisco.

After the game Joe Maddon discussed the positives and negatives of Kiermaier’s style of play. “You gotta take the bad with the good sometimes.” Maddon said. “The only thing he has to do with his game is realize there are times that you have to concede a little bit. ‘I can’t make that catch – I can’t make that throw’ those kind of things.”

Maddon added that he prefers the exuberance of Kiermaiers game saying, “mistakes of youth are preferable to the wisdom of old age.”

The Jays moved ahead of the Rays in the top of the fourth inning pushing across an unearned run against Odorizzi. Jose Bautista led off the inning sending a ground ball to Sean Rodriguez who uncorked a wild throw that went into the camera bay pushing Bautista to second base with nobody out. He came around to score on a RBI single by Dioner Navarro.

The Rays tied the score at 2-2 in their half of the fifth inning on a Jose Molina RBI single that scored James Loney. Molina continues to swing a hot bat for the Rays. Since June 10th he is hitting .302 (16 for 52). He ended up reaching base twice versus the Jays on a single and a walk and added a stolen base to his final line. It was his second stolen base of the season (the other June 20th versus the Astros).

The Rays broke the game open against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson (6-8, 4.16 ERA) in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Rays loaded the bases with nobody out as James Loney walk, a Brandon Guyer single, and a Yunel Escobar walk. Hutchinson came back to strikeout Jose Molina for the first out.

With Sean Rodriguez due up and lefty J.A. Happ warming up in the pen Maddon went to his bench and called on Cole Figueroa to pinch hit for Rodriguez.

If Toronto Manager John Gibbons would have replaced Hutchinson with Happ Joe Maddon was prepared to burn Figueroa and replace him with Logan Forsythe.

Gibbons elected to stay with Hutchinson and he quickly jumped ahead of Figueroa a ball and two strikes. Figueroa fought the rest of the plate appearance and eventually drew a walk to give the Rays a 3-2 lead and ended Hutchinson’s evening.

The at-bat by Figueroa was impressive considering he hasn’t played since July 3rd in Detroit. The  walk was his first career base on balls and his second RBI in his career but both have given the Rays leads.

J.A. Happ came into a bases loaded situation and had lefty Kevin Kiermaier down in the count no balls and two strikes but left a 93-mph fastball up and out over the plate and Kiermaier slapped it through the left side of the infield to bring in both Guyer and Escobar and the Rays lead was 5-2.

Ben Zobrist followed with a single that scored Figueroa and Kiermaier raced to third which drew a throw from the outfield as Ben Zobrist advanced to second base.

The hustle to third paid dividends when Matt Joyce delivered a 2-RBI single to score both Kiermaier and Zobrist and gave the Rays an 8-2 lead.

The Blue Jays scored one run in the top of the seventh and chased Odorizzi from the game. Again a Rays defensive lapse set up the score for the Jays. Juan Francisco sent a fly ball to center which Kiermaier broke in on and was unable to get back to make the catch as it bounced into the stands for a ground rule double.

Odorizzi struck out Steve Tolleson for the second out but gave up a single to Anthony Gose to cut the lead to 8-3.  After Odorizzi walked Jose Reyes Joe Maddon went to his bullpen and brought in Joel Peralta who struck out Cabrera to end the inning.

Joe Maddon was hoping Odorizzi could finish the seventh. “I really wanted him to get through that particular inning….I know the score, 8-3 at that point, looks spread out but he [Cabrera] gets on and all of a sudden here comes Bautista.”

The Rays added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh loading the bases once again with nobody out this time against Jays reliever Sergio Santos.

Brandon Guyer led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a single by Yunel Escobar (who advanced to second on a passed ball), and Jose Molina walked.  Santos struckout Cole Figueroa but Kevin Kiermaier delivered his third hit of the night a single that scored Guyer with the Rays ninth run.

The bases remained loaded and Ben Zobrist brought in Yunel Escobar with a sacrifice fly to push the Rays lead to 10-3. The Jays were kept off the scoreboard by Joel Peralta and Juan Carlos Oviedo in the eighth inning and Erik Bedard in the ninth.

The Rays will look for the series win by sending David Price (8-7, 3.42 ERA) to the mound against R.A. Dickey (7-8, 3.86 ERA).



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