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Game 126: Offense Falters In Wil Myers’ Return

By Drew Jenkins

The Tampa Bay Rays need a boost if they want to have any chance to get into the playoffs this season. They were hoping that would come from Wil Myers, who was activated from the 60-day DL prior to the game and penciled in as the DH. At least in this game there was no such boost, as the offense scattered just 3 hits and were shut out by Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers. Meanwhile Kirby Yates had a tough outing in relief as the Rays dropped game two of the series by a score of 6-0. With the loss the Rays fall to 61-65 on the year.

Jake Odorizzi gave the Rays plenty of chancse to win, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing 3 runs while walking 2 and striking out 7. Odorizzi’s command wasn’t particularly great, however he made up for it with his usually solid elevated fastball- split-changeup combination. He was cruising through 6 innings, however the command issues caught up him a bit in the 7th when he allowed 2 runs. Still, a nice overall start from Odorizzi.

Kirby Yates came on trying to shut down the Tigers’ offense in the 7th, but he struggled mightily. Inheriting a runner from Odorizzi, Yates quickly loaded the bases when he gave up a single to Torii Hunter and a walk to Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez made him pay by smacking a grand slam and capping off a 5 run 7th for the Tigers. That was by far the worst outing of Yates’ young career- in fact he had only given up more than 1 run once before this appearance. Cesar Ramos then came on after Yates, throwing a scoreless 8th inning.

The Rays’ offense managed just 3 hits, one each by Desmond Jennings, James Loney, and Ben Zobrist. Meanwhile Wil Myers went 0 for 3 as he is continuing to try to find the form that won him the AL Rookie of the Year award last season. The Rays offense as a whole hasn’t been awful this season- they sit 17th in the MLB in runs scored. However they have been inconsistent all year, and that is what keeps coming back to bite them.

The Rays will look to salvage something from this series in game three on Thursday. Alex Cobb is the probable starter and will be opposed by former Rays’ ace David Price, who is returning to Tropicana Field just three weeks after he was traded by the Rays. The game is slated to start at 1:10 ET.