Tampa Bay Rays Fall To Boston Red Sox 6-2
Odorizzi & Bedard Fail To Impress In Race For Fifth Starter
The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 6-2. Although opening day is just three weeks away the Rays still have not decided on who is going to join David Price, Matt Moore, Chris Archer, and Alex Cobb in the teams rotation.
Today Jake Odorizzi started and worked into the third inning delivering 2.1 innings of work allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out one and walking one. He faced 11 batters and threw 49 pitches. After his outing he told described his outing as “nothing crazy good, nothing terrible.”
He has been working on a new pitch that has been dubbed “The Thing” by Alex Cobb – a pitch that acts like a changeup with late heavy sink. “I kept throwing….whatever we’re calling it…throwing it, throwing it.” Odorizzi said. “I got behind just about everybody because I didn’t have a good feel for it. Instead of abandoning and going to something I know — like my slider — that I can throw for a strike, I’m going to keep throwing it right now. That’s my main emphasis. I’m not going to be too fine with where.. ‘Well, I can’t throw a strike with it at first. I’m going to put it in my pocket and not work on it.’ Now is the time I need to work on it.”
Steve Geltz came in to relieve Odorizzi with one-out in the third inning and his first pitch was rudely deposited in the right field stands by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. It would be the only hit Geltz would allow in his 1.2 innings of work.
Erik Bedard came in to the game in the fifth inning and like Odorizzi has been working on a new pitch – a change up. He labored through three innings of relief work this afternoon tossing 62 pitches allowing three earned runs on five hits including a solo home run off the bat off Mike Napoli. He walked two while striking out one.
The Rays were held scoreless by the Red Sox Jon Lester in his three innings of work. Lester allowed only a hit while striking out four and walking one. Lester was replaced by fellow lefty Chris Capuano who worked three innings allowing a solo run on Evan Longoria‘s second homer of the spring.
Evan Longoria’s 2nd Spring Homer:
Brandon Guyer made his second beautiful catch of the spring:
Boston Red Sox (4-7) 6, Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) 2
March 10, 2014
|Team ER: off Tampa Bay 6, off Boston 2.
BB: off Odorizzi (Bogaerts), Geltz (Nava), Bedard 2 (Bogaerts, Hassan), off Lester (Longoria), Ranaudo 2 (Betemit, Belnome), Mijares (Figueroa, C).
SO: by Odorizzi (Ortiz, D), Geltz (Victorino), Bedard (Gomes, J), by Lester 4 (Nix, J, Betemit, Guyer, Forsythe), Capuano 2 (Myers, Forsythe), Ranaudo (Kiermaier).
HB: Victorino (by Odorizzi).
Umpires: HP: Tim Timmons. 1B: Jeff Kellogg. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Marvin Hudson.
Official Scorer: David Vincent.
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
Venue: JetBlue Park.
March 10, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media; Copyright by MLB Office of the CommissionerTampa Bay Rays Fall To Boston Red Sox 6-2 by Steve Kinsella