Rays lose 5-4 to Blue Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays lost 5-4 to the Blue Jays Friday in Dunedin.
RHP Jake Odorizzi, one of the key prospects acquired from the Royals in the RHP James Shields trade, said he had a "so-so" start, allowing three runs (including two homers) over two innings. He was very happy with his off-speed stuff, specifically his slider, which he used on all three of his strikeouts. His problem was his fastball-command, which is not where it needs to be.
RHP Chris Archer, however, was very good, throwing three scoreless innings, the longest outing by a Rays pitcher this spring. He allowed just one hit, striking out one, while reaching 98 miles per hour. Manager Joe Maddon said Archer is among the sharpest pitchers in camp so far.
Offensively, CF Desmond Jennings reached base three times, including a single and two walks. Brandon Guyer had two infield singles, and Matt Joyce had another hit against a lefty, and a good one, in LHP Mark Buehrle. OF Wil Myers made the trip, entering the game in the fifth and went 0-for-2.
Shelley Duncan also hit a solo homer that tied the game at 3-3.
The Rays will return to Port Charlotte Saturday to host the Orioles. RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound, and Evan Longoria will likely be in the lineup.