Hellickson Makes Start With Double-A Montgomery Biscuits
With the Major League All-Star break and off days following their three games series against the Minnesota Twins and and two game series with the St. Louis Cardinals after the break the Rays won’t need a fifth starter until July 29th against the Milwaukee Brewers.
To allow Jeremy Hellickson to continue to build arm strength and harness more command of his arsenal after missing the bulk of the season the Rays optioned him to their Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits.
Normally he would have reported to the clubs Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls but the International League is on their AS break as well.
Last night he made one of two planned starts before he returns to the Rays (the second start may be with the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Sunday) and was impressive in his six innings of work against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
He allowed one run (earned) on five hits striking out 11 and walking one but did have to dance out of trouble in each of the first three innings. He allowed a two-out triple in the first, a leadoff double in the second, and a one-out triple in the third.
Hellickson departed with the Biscuits holding a 2-1 lead but the Blue Wahoos scored a pair of reliever Matt Lollis to take the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Bryce Stowell held the lead in the bottom of the eighth and Cory Burns came in to work a scoreless ninth making a winner out of Matt Lollis (5-2, 4.11 ERA) and picked up his 1st save with the Biscuits.