Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Orioles 4, Rays 0: Hey, how about that bullpen?
Posted Aug 4, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Orioles prevented the Rays from winning four straight games for the first time since June 7-10.
The Rays allowed more than one run for only the second time in their past seven games and allowed more than three runs for just the fifth time in 21 games since the All-Star Break.
Here is some post-game stuff …
—Jeremy Hellickson, J.P. Howell, Burke Badenhop and Wade Davis combined to strikeout 12 batters. It was the 11th time in their last 15 games and 14 of their last 20 in which the Rays fanned at least 10 batters. They have 211 strikeouts in their last 188 2/3 innings.
—The Rays 40 games of at least 10 strikeouts is tops in the American League.
—Jeremy Hellickson allowed more than three runs in a game for only the third time in 20 starts this season and only the sixth time in 53 career starts.
—Since the All-Star Break the Rays bullpen has allowed only 10 earned runs in 69 1/3 innings. They have been scored upon in only five of those innings.
—J.P. Howell has not allowed a run in 16 outings. He and Fernando Rodney currently have 20-inning scoreless streaks, which are tied for the second-longest by a Rays reliever in team history. Joe Borowski set the mark with 21 consecutive scoreless innings of relief in 2005.
—Wade Davis has a 1.54 ERA with 20 strikeouts in his last nine appearances.