Jake Odorizzi left last night's game against the Seattle Mariners with tightness in his left oblique after recording only one out in the fifth inning. With a runner on first and second and the leadoff hitter coming to the plate, Xavier Cedeno relieved Odorizzi, promptly retiring Logan Morrison and Robinson Cano to end the inning.
After three scoreless frames by Andrew Bellatti, Logan Forsythe produced the first run of the game in the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run. Despite surrendering a triple to Austin Jackson to leadoff the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Jepsen retired the next three batters to record the save in the Rays' 1-0 victory against the Mariners.
The combined shutout performance was the 27th time this season that the Rays' pitching staff has allowed two or fewer runs in a game. According to Marc Topkin at the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have achieved this feat more than any other team in the American League.
This statistic is equal parts impressive and alarming.
Of the games in which the Rays have allowed two or fewer runs, they have posted a 22-5 record. However, given that the Rays are only 30-26 on the season, this would mean that the they are only 8-21 in games which the pitching staff allows three runs or more.
In tonight's game, the Rays better hope Alex Colome and the rest of their pitching staff is on their game as they will face Felix Hernandez who, in case you don't remember, bested Chris Archer on May 27 in what will likely be the best pitching duel of the season.
Hernandez's Approach vs Right Handed Hitters
Hernandez's Approach vs Left Handed Hitters
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Austin Jackson - CF|
|Joey Butler - DH||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|David DeJesus - LF||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Steven Souza - RF||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Seth Smith - LF|
|Jake Elmore - 3B||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Nick Franklin - 1B||Willie Bloomquist - SS|
|Rene Rivera - C||Mike Zunino - C|
|Alex Colome - RHP||Felix Hernandez - RHP|
--Andrew Belatti's three scoreless innings apparently earned him a demotion. Okay, not really. But the Rays optioned him to Triple-A after last night's win.
#Rays option Bellatti back to AAA, will add Romero for fresh arm in pen— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 6, 2015
--Odorizzi's prognosis expected tonight. Fingers crossed.
--Chris Archer had some fun with a fan in last night's game: