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Rays morning after:Jake Odorizzi wasn't all to blame for five-run fourth

Jake Odorizzi threw the pitches that led to all five fourth-inning runs in the Rays' 5-1 loss to the Yankees, but it definitely wasn't all his fault.

Here is what you can blame Odorizzi for:

The four pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Judge, the ensuing single by Gary Sanchez and the sac fly by Didi Gregorius that led to the tying run.

But then Odorizzi got the second out, when he struck out Starlin Castro.

Then got the third out when Matt Holliday rolled a ground ball down the third-base line, but Trevor Plouffe whiffed on the backhand attempt.

Then he had a chance to get the third out again when he got to two strikes on Jacoby Ellsbury but catcher Wilson Ramos was called for catcher's interference.

So at that point due to the two errors instead of being out of the inning Odorizzi was in a heck of mess.

"Yea, once what can you do? Twice, you don't know what to do,'' Odorizzi said. "I knew from that point on it's a 2-1 game and two guys on that shouldn't be on, so I was trying to limit damage best I could. I knew I had to make pitches.''

Odorizzi got ahead of Todd Frazier, but after working back to a full count made whan he thought was a good pitch, but Frazier launched it over the leftfield wall for a three-run homer that put the Yankees up 5-1.

That was Odorizzi's 41st pitch of the inning and 85th of the night, but manager Kevin Cash left him for more.

And that didn't go well either as as Odorizzi admittedly got tired and gave up a double to Tyler Austin then, after getting 1-2, ended up walking Brett Gardner.

"I wasn't going to make a deficit bigger than what it is by throwing a 3-2 fastball,'' Odorizzi said. "The second at=bat he kind of got more on my fastball. I was trying to throw the curveball and didn't have much left in my arm. At that point I just couldn't finish the pitch.''

That made for 51 pitches in the inning for Odorizzi, which seems like too many. Manager Kevin Cash finally agreed, bringing in Chaz Roe to come in and got the Rays out of further trouble.

"I thought (odorizzi) looked good his first three innings of work,'' Cash said. "Then we go up 1-0, the leadoff walk, you kind of see between the lines. It just doesn't work out when that happens. Saying that, the sac fly, we have a guy on first with one out; we should easily be able to get out of that inning with no more. We just weren't able to."


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