The Rays closed out their 10 game road trip with an 8-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday. Note to baggage handlers: please don’t lose those bats between Seattle and Tampa.
Jeremy Hellickson was dominant for Tampa Bay, relying on the fly out, and had a no-hitter going until the sixth. Hellickson put in seven inning of work and allowed five hits and one run with two strikeouts. Hellboy became the first 10 game winner on Tampa Bay’s staff.
On the offensive side, the Rays spaced out their scoring with men coming home in six of nine innings. Ben Zobrist continued his Zorilla ways going 3-for-5 with one run and three RBI. Â Shortstop Sean Rodriguez put on quite a show in Seattle and finished the day 3-for-4, including a homerun, with two runs and three RBI.
Rodriguez started all ten games on the road trip since Reid Brignac was sent back to Triple-A Durham. After the game, Todd Kalas asked the shortstop how that has affected him. Rodriguez said:
A lot of guys want to make it to the big leagues and be happy at that. I’m more than happy just being here, so when I get to play every day it makes it that much more enjoyable. You’re fortunate. You gotta take every opportunity that comes and try to run with it. And I’m fortunate that things happen to be going my way.
The Rays have tomorrow off and begin a series against Toronto at the Trop on Tuesday.
-The trade deadline has come and gone. If you want to revisit some of the action (or lack thereof since the Rays didn’t make any moves today) you can visit the D-Day edition of Trade Deadline Hysteria on Rays Index. During today’s game, we learned that Tampa Bay’s executive vice president of baseball, Andrew Friedman, had an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and conducted business from his hospital room today. One of my Rays tweeps (@ProfessorTwain) had this to say regarding Friedman’s surgery:
-The Go-Gos will perform after the Rays face the Athletics at Tropicana Field on Friday. The first 10,000 women will get a free t-shirt. Brian Anderson wondered why the giveaway was only for women…until he put on the shirt. My favorite part was when B.A. called it a “smedium.” He also said it was so tight, he felt stronger, and believed he could body slam DeWayne Staats. Of course I laughed, even though I was sort of reminded of this tense exchange.