Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs in a tough first inning and then later surrendered solo moon shots to Adam Jones and Chris Davis as the Baltimore Orioles cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday night. The Rays offense mustered just two runs on two solo shots of their own from Jason Bourgeois in the second inning and Sean Rodriguez in the fourth.
Hellickson lasted just four and a third innings, throwing 93 pitches and surrendering four runs, seven hits and three walks to the O's potent lineup. Manager Joe Maddon was quick to yank Hellickson after he found himself in further trouble in the fourth inning and Alex Torres came in to get the Rays out of the jam. The bullpen did a good job of giving the Rays a chance to come back but poor at bats with runners on combined with three double plays sunk the offense on this night.
There was a ninth inning rally in the making as Wil Myers and James Loney both drew walks to start the final frame against Darren O'Day and Brian Matusz respectively. The two bases on balls were some of the finest at bats of the evening for the Rays as both men fought off numerous tough pitches to earn the walks, but Tommy Hunter entered the game and retired Matt Joyce on a fly out to center field and Kelly Johnson on a ground out. With runners at the corners and two outs, Johnson ended the game by getting caught stealing second as Jose Lobaton stood in the batters box.
As our friend Sternfan put it on twitter, that is just how the 1926 World Series ended; with Babe Ruth caught stealing second. I have no idea what that has to do with anything but I'll take it as a compliment. Sterny is getting soft on this team!
The Rays fell back to one game behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox who defeated the Giants earlier in the day and will have an off day tomorrow before taking on the Yankees at home this weekend.