The Tampa Bay Rays did not have a very good start to their most recent road trip. They were losers in the first four games. However, the June 8th game saw the Rays take out their frustrations on the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Rays continued to hit the long ball as they have all season. Their surprising power surge has seen the team near the top of the home run leaders since the first game of the season. This game saw the Rays go deep three times. Desmond Jennings unloaded his 5th home run of the year. However, he was upstaged by Corey Dickerson’s heroics. Dickerson cracked a pair of homers on the evening. That gave him 11 so far in the 2016 campaign. All three Tampa Bay home runs were hit with nobody on base.
This was the final game of a road trip that saw Tampa Bay go 5-5. This is not bad at all when you consider they started the trip 0-4. Jake Odorizzi earned his third win of the season. However, he was only able to go five innings. The inability to go deep into games has been a big issue for Odorizzi this season. Rays manager Kevin Cash was proud of his team’s ability to battle adversity and salvage a .500 road trip. It was the third series loss in a row for Arizona. The loss marked the second in a row for Archie Bradley. He started the season in Triple-A and was called up to Arizona on May 29th.