Jeremy Hellickson completed one of his best starts on the season against the Indians on Sunday. Seven shutout innings with six strikeouts, two walks, and three hits before Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos closed out the final two innings and complete the shutout. Hellickson had issues locating his fastball for strikes today, as he threw 49 and only 25 wound up as strikes. He made up for it by getting nine whiffs on 35 changeups (with 25 total being strikes) and placing his curveball within the zone.
As is par for the Hellickson-started course, the Rays provided run support. Johnny Damon, John Jaso, and Evan Longoria each recorded multiple hits (Longoria added two walks) and B.J. Upton walked thrice—the seventh time in his career he has done that and the first since April 13, 2009 (his first game of that season); four of those came in 2007. The only two Rays who didn’t reach base were Matt Joyce (go figure) and Justin Ruggiano, who receive a pinch-hit assignment in the ninth inning.
Meanwhile, Casey Kotchman attempted to turn a single into a double and appeared to roll his ankle in the process. He left the game, but it is unknown at this point if it’s serious enough to warrant a disabled list trip or if the Rays just acted cautionary.