Game 112: Longo Homers But Hellickson Struggles In 6-1 Loss

By Jenna West

Evan Longoria’s bat came alive to score the Rays’ only run of the night in a 6-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night.

In the top of the fourth inning, Longoria hit a solo shot to left field off of Arizona’s Wade Miley. After a cold July for the third baseman, Longoria’s bat came alive to hit his 22nd homerun of the season. The Rays had another opportunity to score in the fifth inning after Jeremy Hellickson and Yunel Escobar hit back-to-back singles, but Ben Zobrist lined out for the final out.

Hellickson had another disappointing start for the Rays, pitching only 4.2 innings. He gave up five runs, three walks, and threw only one strikeout. The fourth inning was the roughest for Hellickson, as he walked two and gave up one run before Cody Ross hit a three-run homer. It was Hellickson’s second start in a row pitching less than five innings. His last start was also against the Diamondbacks, where the Rays lost 7-0.

Overall, the Rays pitching staff gave up eight hits and had only three strikeouts for the night. The Diamondbacks’ Miley gave up five hits and pitched five strikeouts, while Arizona’s pitching staff recorded seven strikeouts and gave up six hits for the night.

Center fielder Desmond Jennings was missing from the lineup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list, due to a fractured left middle finger. The Rays called up Jason Bourgeois from Triple-A Durham as an option to use in the outfield. However, Sam Fuld started in center field, Ben Zobrist in left field, and Wil Myers stayed in right field. Bourgeois entered the game as a pinch hitter for Fuld in the seventh inning but lined out to first base.