Jake Marisnick had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored.
Marisnick's solo shot came off of Tigers starer Matt Boyd in the third inning, but the game was already out of hand at that point as the Tigers led 9-3. He also flashed his defensive prowess in this one, making a terrific running catch just before crashing into the center field wall. With the two-hit attack, Marisnick is now hitting .221/.269/.329 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Jake Odorizzi fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday’s 5-1 win over the Yankees.
The Rays have now racked up nine straight quality starts. Odorizzi scattered six hits (all of them singles) while walking none and striking out five. He has now thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts to go along with a 10/0 K/BB ratio. He has improved his ERA from 4.39 to 3.88 in the process. He’ll try to keep it going next week in a start against the Royals.
Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday.
There have been all sorts of rumors about Nova in recent days, but an outing like this one isn’t going to help his trade value. It was ugly from the start, as he served up a pair of solo homers in the first inning. He fanned three and walked three in his shortest start since June 21. Nova now has a 4.90 ERA and 75/25 K/BB ratio over 97 1/3 innings on the year. His future in New York remains up in the air.
Alex Colome notched a two-out save against the Yankees on Friday.
Erasmo Ramirez got the call for the ninth inning initially, as the Rays had a four-run lead, but he was pulled after giving up a pair of one-out singles. Colome quickly put out the fire after getting Brett Gardner on a force out and Jacoby Ellsbury to fly out. After blowing his first save of the season last Saturday, he has converted each of his last two chances. He now owns a 2.23 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season to go along with 23 saves.
Collin McHugh was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Tigers, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work.
McHugh struck out one and didn't walk a batter in the game. The Tigers jumped on him for two runs in the first inning, then beat him into submission with six more in the second, the final two riding home on a three-run homer by Tyler Collins after McHugh had departed. He has been brutally inconsistent this season and now owns a troublesome 4.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season. He'll look to turn things around on Wednesday in a tough matchup against the Blue Jays.
Logan Forsythe went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a win over the Yankees on Friday.
Forsythe hit his first career leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning and later added a single in the eighth. The 29-year-old was productive after returning from a fractured left shoulder blade last month, but his production has dropped off significantly in July. Still, he already has as many homers against right-handers (seven) as he had all of last season.
Corey Dickerson homered and knocked in two runs Friday against the Yankees.
Dickerson slugged a solo homer in the first inning before driving in a run with a fielder’s choice in the third inning. His first season with the Rays has been a struggle, but he’s up to 15 homers on the year and has hit .295 this month.
Alex Rodriguez had a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning Friday against the Rays.
Long time, no see. This was A-Rod’s first appearance in a game since last Friday. The 41-year-old is hitting just .210 with nine homers and a .625 OPS over 59 games this season. He continues to take grounders at first base before games, but look for him to continue to have a diminished role.