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July 30, 2014

What You Need to Know

July 30, 2014

by Chris Mosch


The Tuesday Takeaway
On Monday, the Rays took the series opener from the Brewers behind seven strong innings from Jake Odorizzi, who complemented his fastball with both his slider and split-changeup, the latter of which he learned from teammate Alex Cobb this spring. The splitter was Odorizzi’s secondary offering of choice against Milwaukee and he threw 21 of 27 for strikes, including five of the swing-and-miss variety.

Cobb’s protégé stifled Milwaukee on Monday, but the Brew Crew had even more trouble on Tuesday night with the mentor, who rode his own splitter to a season-high 12 punchouts.

The Tampa Bay right-hander set the tone by sending the Brewers down in order in the first inning, with his at-bat against leadoff man Carlos Gomez exemplifying the rest of the night. The first pitch of the night was a splitter low-and-away, which fooled Gomez and left him adjusting his helmet. Gomez bunted through Cobb’s second pitch—a splitter just below the knees—to dig himself into a 0-2 hole. The third pitch from Cobb was a heater that just missed off the plate for ball one. The Tampa Bay right-hander came back with his third splitter of the at-bat on the next pitch, which Gomez nearly fell over swinging at for strike three.

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