Rays Fall To Orioles 4-2 In Grapefruit Opener
On the last day of February the Rays played their first Grapefruit League game of the season falling to the Baltimore Oriole by a final score of 4-2. The good news, as is the case with any time the team takes the field before the regular season, was that there are no injuries to report.
Veteran left-handed Erik Bedard, in camp competing for a rotation spot, had a rough first inning throwing 25 pitches (15 for strikes) allowing three earned runs on three hits walking two and striking out one. Reports were that his fastball ranged from 85-89 miles per hour. After the game Bedard was happy with his performance saying that he was happy with his changeup and the ability to throw it for strikes.
Veteran right hanaded reliever Heath Bell followed Bedard to the mound and allowed one run on a wild pitch for the Orioles fourth and final run. Of his performance Bell said he felt excited and that the ball was coming out of his hand pretty good.
The Rays offense compiled seven hits against Oriole pitching led by Yunel Escobar who was 2 for 2 with a double.
The Rays will travel today and take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton. David Price will take the mound to make his first grapefruit appearance.