Tampa Bay Rays At Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers Snap The Win Streak

Zach Greinke was his Cy Young self, striking out 10 batters in 7 impressive innings.

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Offense, Bullpen Sputters; Rays Lose To Brewers, 5-1

The Rays (40-34) could not find their rhythm Tuesday night, falling to the Brewers (41-34). The Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (L, 7-6) teetered on destruction much of the night, but managed to hold the Brewers to 2 runs in 6 innings, despite walking 4 and striking out only 3.

Meanwhile, Zach Greinke (W, 7-2) was at the pinnacle of game. He stymied the Rays hitters, making them spin wildly like cartoon characters on his way to 10 strikeouts. The Rays did not help themselves much, though, taking only 1 walk on the night (off reliever Kameron Loe, after the game was pretty much out of reach).

The night started poorly for the Rays as Hellickson walked three of the first four batters he faced, allowing Casey McGehee to sac fly the Brewers to a 1-0 lead. Then, in the second inning, Hellickson disgraced himself, his family, and his team, allowing Yuniesky Betancourt to not only get a hit, but a home run.

The 7th inning really spelled doom for the Rays, though, as the combo of Adam Russell, J.P. Howell, and Cesar Ramos allowed 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs, giving the Brewers the consummate lead of 5-1.

Notes from the game:

  • John Jaso had the only not-terrible day at the plate today, going 2 for 4 with a double. Well, B.J. Upton also hit a double, going 1 for 4.
  • The Brewers had no qualms about exposing Johnny Damon's noodle arm. At one point, Rickie Weeks actually put on the bratwurst costume, rounding third base comically slow as Damon's throw to the plate dangled in the air like a satellite.
  • The chief factor that prevented Greinke from a complete game may have been Matt Joyce's epic 6th inning plate appearance, which was a 10-pitch strikeout. It only took 5 pitches for the inning's other 2 outs, but Joyce's PA pushed Greinke into the mid-90s in pitches, allowing him only one more inning.

Tampa Bay Rays At Milwaukee Brewers: Rays Look To Win 5th Straight Game

After taking the series opener last night 8-4, he Tampa Bay Rays look to win their 5th straight tonight as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park.

Jeremy Hellickson (7-5, 3.09 ERA, 4.12 FIP) will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, trying to build from his strong 7 inning performance against the Red Sox over the weekend. Hellickson will be matched up against the Brewer's Zack Greinke (6-2, 5.23 ERA, 2.55 FIP). Greinke was roughed up in his last start, giving up 8 hits and 8 runs (6 earned) in 5.1 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Before Thursday's loss, Greinke had won his previous 6 decisions.

One thing I'd look for is how the bullpen will do after Kyle Farnsworth, J.P. Howell, and Cesar Ramos all pitching last night. Let's hope Hellickson can eat up some innnings to give the pen some rest.


Game Time: 8:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park
Television: Sun Sports HD
Radio: WDAE 620

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