Jake Odorizzi's road struggles continued tonight as the Rays got trounced by the Red Sox by a final score of 11-2.
His home and road splits are striking. These are his numbers coming into tonight.
Home: 2.62 ERA, .194/.263/.279 slash line
Road: 6.06 ERA, .287/.354/.515 slash line.
So, yeah, those road numbers are going to increase after his 3IP, 7H, 5ER performance. His command clearly wasn't there tonight, consistently missing his spots despite getting a decent amount of swinging strikes.
The only inning he looked remotely comfortable in was the third, retiring the side on just fourteen pitches after throwing 61 through the first two frames. With the Rays leading 2-0 in the second he allowed a leadoff homer and a sacrifice fly, facing eight batters in all. He allowed a double, walk, and single to start the fourth inning and was immediately replaced in favor of punching bag Brandon Gomes. Nine pitches later the bases were cleared and the Rays were down 6-2.
Kirby Yates threw a perfect fifth inning, then started off the sixth like this: strikeout, double, walk, HBP, walk to force in a run. Steve Geltz then came in and set the mound on fire. He struck out the first batter he faced, then walked Christian Vazquez to bring in a run, and walked Mookie Betts while Jose Molina simultaneously couldn't catch the pitch, watching the ball squirt to the backstop, scoring two.
Cesar Ramos and Jeff Beliveau pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings to end the night's misery on the mound.
Not that it would have made a huge difference, but the offense didn't do it's job either. The two early runs were not a harbinger of things to come. They failed to score in the third inning after a one out triple from Kevin Kiermaier. Same thing happened after a Sean Rodirguez one out double in the seventh. Another one out double failed to produce anything, this one authored by Evan Longoria in the eighth inning.
Another negative on the night, catcher Curt Casali was removed from the game after taking a foul ball square in the mask. With Ryan Hanigan already banged up with a sore toe we may be seeing Jose Molina these last few games.