Game 138: Wil Myers Powers Rays to 3-1 Victory Over Angels

By David Hill

All eyes were on Jeremy Hellickson last night as he made his return facing the Los Angeles Angeles. However, it was Wil Myers who stole the show, helping to power the Rays to victory.

Facing Angels ace Jered Weaver, runs were expected to be at a premium, and that ended up being the case. Myers did his part in the top of the second, belting a first pitch fastball to dead center for a one out home run to put the Rays on top. The Angels threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, putting runners on first and third with one out against Hellickson. However, instead of letting the situation snowball, Hellickson dug down, fighting back from a 3-0 count to get a pop fly and a groundout to end the threat.

From that point, Hellickson cruised through the Angels lineup, holding the Los Angeles offense in check. Meanwhile, that run was all the Rays were able to get off of Weaver, who settled in and allowed only a third inning double until the seventh.

After allowing a one out double in the bottom of the sixth, that was all for Hellickson. In his 5.1 innings, he allowed four hits and two walks, striking out four. Even more impressive was his efficiency, as Hellickson only threw 71 pitches in his outing. Hopefully, this outing can provide a springboard for the rest of the season.

Myers gave the Rays a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. After Desmond Jennings walked, Myers crushed another home run, this time to left center. Those insurance runs proved to be big, as pinch hitter Chris Iannetta greeted reliever Jake McGee with a long blast to center to cut the lead to 3-1. However, the Rays bullpen was able to keep the Angels in check, preserving the victory for Hellickson.

Myers was 3-4 with two home runs and drove in all three runs for the Rays. Jennings was 0-2 with two walks and a stolen base.