NEW YORK (CBS) Jeremy Hellickson has seen great success with the Rays this season, but today’s start was one that he will soon want to forget.
The Ray’s young slinger went 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits and four earned runs in a 9-2 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday evening. With the defeat Tampa Bay fell to 8 1/2 games behind New York in the AL Wild Card race and ended their five-game win streak.
The three-game series is now tied up, and the Yankees showed no remorse for Hellickson and the Rays today. He had a good start against the Yankees lineup but things would take a brutal turn for the worst. Hellickson gave up two walks in the bottom of the second and Jorge Posada singled to right field to drive in Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano.
Hellickson managed to get in a few scoreless innings before the fifth, when Curtis Granderson took him deep to record his major league best 33rd homer of the year.
Brandon Gomes came in relief of Hellickson and did not fare any better against the Yankee offense. Posada hit a grand slam off of Gomes in the fifth which gave him six RBIs for the day and basically sealed the win for the men in pinstripes.
The only notable play for the Rays was a solo home run from the bat of Desmond Jennings in the sixth inning. Yankees starter Phil Hughes had a good outing and kept the Rays scoreless through the first five innings.
Today’s loss should be a wake up call for the Rays who faced a quality opponent like the Yankees after finding success playing some teams that were lower on the totem pole.
With the postseason in sight Tampa Bay can’t wait until the end of September to start playing playoff-caliber baseball.
They have a lot of ground to make up in a short stretch, but nothing is impossible.