Rays Follow Losing Script, Fall To Yankees 9-3
Jake Odorizzi Fails To Go Five Innings In 9-3 Loss To Yankees
The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to 14-17 on the season and 4-5 on their current 10-game road trip by losing to the New York Yankees by a final score of 9-3.
Entering the game both Jake Odorizzi and the Rays needed a quality start. For Odorizzi the prospect of not capitalizing on the opportunity to secure a spot in the Rays rotation was staring him down while the Rays bullpen has been taxed an overworked.
The Rays are 7-11 since Alex Cobb was placed on the disabled list on April 13th with a left oblique strain and their team ERA has ballooned from 2.55 to 4.26. In the 18 games since then the Rays are 7-11 and the starting pitchers have pitched five innings or less in 13 of 18 of those games. In the 18 games the starters have compiled a ERA of 5.84 (92.1IP, 60 ER) and have only tossed 18 more inning than their bullpen (74.1 IP).
Once again he was solid the first time through the Yankees lineup retiring all nine batters he face. Meanwhile the Rays jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of solo home runs by Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers and a RBI single by Ryan Hanigan.
The wheels came off for Odorizzi in the fourth inning allowing a a pair of runs on a Mark Teixeira 2-run home run and then he allowed three straight hits including an RBI ground rule double to Jacoby Ellsbury that tied the game at 3-3.
The Rays turned to Cesar Ramos to come in on his scheduled bullpen day with 2-on and nobody out and with the exception of intentionally walking Mark Teixiera he retired the side without allowing any further damage.
Josh Lueke came in to work the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson greeted him rudely with a solo home run to put the Yankees up 4-3. He stayed in the game in the seventh inning and the Yankees added a pair of runs in the seventh to put the Rays in a 6-3 hole.
Heath Bell came in to work the ninth inning and allowed the Yankees to score three more runs to extend their lead to 9-3.
Masahiro Tanaka overcame some turbulence and limited the damage early then settled in and delivered seven strong innings allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits striking out five and walking none. He was followed to the mound by Dellin Betances who worked a scoreless eighth inning and Preston Claibrone held the Rays scoreless in the ninth.
The two teams will finish their three game series tomorrow at 1:05 in a battle of lefties as the Yankees send CC Sabathia to the mound (3-3, 5.11 ERA) and the Rays counter with Erik Bedarrd (0-1, 5.52 ERA).