Hellboy 3: Rays rookie does it again in 3-2 win over Baltimore

John Jaso singled in the bottom of the third and moved to second on a wild pitch by Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta. Ben Zobrist then walked before Crawford got on board with a base hit, picking up his second RBI as Jaso scored from second. Evan Longoria flied out too shallow to allow the runners to advance but Matt Joyce doubled to bring Zobrist in to score.

That would do it for the Rays offensively, putting the game in the hands of young Hellickson and the bullpen. The kid struck Scott out twice as payback for that double and run scored. Dan Wheeler came on in relief in the seventh inning and allowed the other Baltimore run, a solo homer from Jake Fox. Joaquin Benoit allowed one hit in his eighth-inning appearance and Rafael Soriano picked up his 33rd save in 35 opportunities.

What else is there to say? The kid is exciting to watch and it gets me excited for the future of this ball club. The Rays pick up their 71st win of the season and… what’s that? Bonus?! The New York Yankees were shut out by the Kansas City Royals. The Boston Red Sox are currently down lost 3-7 to the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the eighth in Arlington. I do so love it when a plan comes together.

[image-1]And if you love great pitching, you won’t want to miss Monday night’s showdown at the Trop. The Texas Rangers come into town and TB’s David Price (15-5, 2.84 ERA) squares off against Cliff Lee (10-5, 2.57 ERA). Lee is 2-2 in seven games started since being traded to Texas from the Seattle Mariners. Price is 6-3 in his last 10 starts. An epic lefty battle is sure to ensue and I’m sure cheap tickets are still available. I’ll be there, but don’t let that scare you off, go out and support the Rays!

Another Jeremy Hellickson start, another Jeremy Hellickson victory. The young righty for the Tampa Bay Rays laid out another laudable performance, this time taking out the Baltimore Orioles in the third and final installment of the three-game series at Tropicana Field.

Hellickson (3-0) pitched through six innings and gave up only one run on three hits. He yielded one walk and struck out five batters, his fewest in his three starts. He didn’t seem to have his sharpest stuff but maintained his ice-cold poise; if this is an off day for the kid, I think I can live with it.

Tampa Bay got just enough offensive production to get it done. Carl Crawford started the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the first inning, his first long ball sing July 26. Ben Zobrist had walked ahead of him but was picked off, taking a free run off the board in essence.

Epic pain-in-the-ass Luke Scott doubled to lead off the top of the second. Baltimore worked him in with a pair of sacrifice flies to center, the first from Adam Jones to move Scott to third. Felix Pie’s long fly out allowed Scott to tag up at third and score to tie it up.

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