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The Rays Tank: Bullpen a Let Down for Bedard

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Bedard exits after five innings only having allowed one run, and then the bullpen happened.

Jared Wickerham

His line wasn’t the prettiest, going only five innings and throwing 104 pitches while walking three batters, but Erik Bedard only allowed one run in the fifth inning before he was removed from the game. Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rays bullpen imploded.

Brandon Gomes walked the first two batters he faced before getting Xander Bogaerts to fly out. Juan Carlos Oviedo was then brought in and everything pretty much went downhill from there. Five runs later and the Rays would finally end the inning, with the Red Sox now leading 6-1.

Sure, Bedard could have definitely been more efficient and gone deeper into the game to relieve an already taxed bullpen, but did we really expect him to last more than five innings anyway?

For more on the Rays latest disaster, head on over to Ian's recap here!

ICYMI: Danny discusses the current state of the Rays, with looks at the rotation, the offense and the upcoming series against the Red Sox and Yankees.

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