The very first at-bat of the very first inning of the post-Shelton era goes into the books as a HR from Logan Forsythe.
I want to preface the rest of this recap by saying I watched much of this game out at a bar in Chinatown of Washington DC. This meant no soothing sounds of Dewayne and BA on commentary and plenty of vocal O’s fans, which lead to perhaps not my most focused viewing experience of a Rays game.
After what happened in the 4th inning, that was probably a good thing.
Odorizzi seemed to lose all control, missing spots and serving up some really hittable pitches. Mix in a couple of walks, a HBP, and pretty soon the O’s were putting up runs.
And then Manny Machado stepped up. He’s pretty good against guys hitting their spots. He got a pitch right in the happy spot and sent it deep, Papa Slamming Odorizzi to break the game open 7-1.
I’m not sure which is more frustrating: the grand slam, the 5 RBIs on the game, or the fact that Machado allows all the Baltimore fans around me to really accentuate that O in Machado’s name.
Logan Morrison would notch two doubles, making real nice contact on both. That would be about the extent of the Rays offense for the evening.
In the ever-ongoing saga of the Rays and the SS position: Nick Franklin took his turn tonight. Franklin had chance to make a play on a 2-out grounder in the 7th. His throw was rushed, thrown with velocity, and very wide of 1st.
Steve Geltz made an appearance. Steve Geltz gave up a HR.
Steve Geltz allows a home run on his first pitch back. He's allowed an astounding 11 homers in 21 innings this year.— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 7, 2016
The O’s would add couple more runs against Enny Romero, who struck out 2, but gave up three 1B, a BB, and 2 ER.