Game 71: Jake Odorizzi Pitches Well But Rays Bullpen Falters in The Bottom of the Ninth

By Dereck Violante

Rays offense stutters in game two of the double header as Rays lose a nail biter 3-1.

During the nightcap of the double header rookie, Jake Odorizzi took to the hill to try and help the Rays to victory after a loss during the day game after a long, 3 hour, rain delay. No doubt Odorizzi did his part in pitching a gem for Tampa, keeping the Rays in the game with 5 2/3 innings 2 strikeouts and no walks only giving up a solo shot to Daniel Nava in the bottom of the second.

The Rays offense was absolutely nonexistent until the top of the ninth when Kelly Johnson, hitting out of the ninth spot in the order hit a solo homerun off Red Sox closer to tie the game at 1, giving Tampa Bay a chance to come back.  Unfortunately for the Rays, former Ray and current Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes had other plans, taking Joel Peralta deep over the monster for a two run walk off homerun, giving the Red Sox a 3-1 victory to end a grueling day/night double header.

The big news for this game would be Wil Myers’ first major league hit coming in the top of the second inning with a single to left field.  Myers finished the game 1-4 with a strikeout after going 0-4 during the day game.

Looking ahead to tomorrow Tampa Bay looks to avoid a sweep in Boston as Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67 ERA) takes to the mound for the Rays against Boston and pitcher Ryan Dempster (4-7, 4.21 ERA) in game 3 of the series for a 7:10 pm start at Fenway Park.