The Rays lost 3-2 on Tuesday night in a late night affair that lasted 14 innings. Jeremy Hellickson started and put forth another solid effort throwing 6 shutout innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 6 while only walking 1 hitter. The Rays offense had few opportunities and couldn’t convert them in extra innings. Here’s how it all went down.
The game was a pitcher’s duel from the beginning with the Rangers’ Nick Tepesch going toe to toe with Jeremy Helickson. The Rays struck first in the 6th inning with a Desmond Jennings triple and a Ben Zobrist sac fly would bring him home. Matt Joyce then launched a triple down the right field line and was able to score on an errant throw that ended up in the stands on the relay to put the Rays up 2-0. The Rays gave Hellickson his run support, and looked to win a pitchers’ duel. Unfortunately, that was not in the cards.
Joel Peralta entered the game in the bottom of the 7th and simply didn’t have it. He allowed a single, a double, a sac fly, and a a double to tie the game 2. Peralta allowed another hit that would’ve scored another run but a great throw from Kevin Kiermaier got the out at the plate. Desmond Jennings also made a great catch to keep the game tied in the 8th, crashing into the fence.
As the game headed into extras the Rays had a great scoring chance in the top of the 10th inning with runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out but Desmond Jennings struck out trying to bunt and Ben Zobrist grounded into a double play to end the threat. Both bullpens pitched well in extras including a nice 2-inning performance from Grant Balfour, but Cesar Ramos allowed the winning run on a bases loaded walk with two outs in the 14th to end the game.