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Hellickson Throws Gem, But Rays Lose 3-0 On Youkilis Home Run

Recap from Bradley Woodrum at DRaysBay.

Jeremy Hellickson (7-5) looked sharp through six innings, but the Rays needed more. Paired against the elite Josh Beckett (6-2), the Rays young right-hander had an immense task at hand. Hellboy finished his night allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out only 2 (which is not so great). Unfortunately, two of those hits — as well as one of those walks (an intentional BB to Adrian Gonzalez) — came in the game-changing 7th inning.

The inning started poorly with Jacoby Ellsbury fighting through a 9-pitch at bat, spoiling Hellickson’s otherwise brilliant pace. Then Dustin Pedroia tripled on a near-homer to right field. The Rays then put Gonzalez on base, only to watch Kevin Youkilis pop a homer to left field.

Of course, the free pass did not pan out for the Rays, but it proved a moot point. The only hit — and only base runner — the Tampa Bay hitters could muster, an infield single off Reid Brignac’s bat, was certainly insufficient to come back from a 1-run deficit, much less a 3-run deficit.

Notes from the game:

- John Jaso caught a base stealer! A league leader no less!!! Everyone take a shot!

- What else can you say? The pitchers did their job, but Beckett was too much tonight.

- Oh, I know what to say: Hak-Ju Lee was 3 for 5 with 2 steals (and 1 caught stealing) today. This 20-year-old shortstop has a 127 wOBA+ in a league 2.7 years older than him. Durham, plz?

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.