The slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays hope rookie Dewon Brazelton can recover from the worst start of his young career as they play host to the Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of their series at Tropicana Field.
Just one start after earning his first major league win, the right-hander allowed eight runs—three earned—and eight hits over just two-plus innings of a 8-1 defeat at Chicago on Thursday.
“I went through a couple of stages where I felt bad,” Brazelton said. “But then I was like: I’ll keep working and I’ll get another opportunity, and hopefully I’ll do better. It’s not something I’m going to dwell on. I’m not happy, but I’ll just try to pick up the pieces and go on.”
The Devil Rays, who have lost five games in a row and 15 of 19, hope to be the beneficiary of their youngsters’ growth as they try to bounce back from Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to the Reds.
Guillen had a home run, and tossed a perfect throw to the plate to prevent the tying run from scoring, while Wilson allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings to get the win.
Guillen in particular was vocal in his enjoyment at beating his former club.
“It’s very hard to come here and not play angry. They released me. This was just a sign of letting them know something,” said Guillen, who played parts of three seasons in Tampa Bay before being let go in November 2001.
“There’s a little bit of hard feelings, but we’ve still got two more games to go so I’ve got to come tomorrow and do the same thing again.”
STANDINGS: Reds - 4th place, 4 1/2 GB, NL Central. Devil Rays - 5th place, 13 1/2 GB, AL East.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: John Riedling (0-3, 6.20 ERA). Riedling lasted only two innings in a 9-2 loss to Toronto, allowing six runs, seven hits and four walks. He’s winless in his seven starts this season, and has allowed 16 hits and 12 earned runs in 6 2-3 innings over his last two outings.
DEVIL RAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Brazelton (1-5, 6.21 ERA). The rookie is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two starts at home this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .287 avg.; Adam Dunn, 20 HRs; Austin Kearns, 53 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 41 runs and 9 SBs. Devil Rays - Rocco Baldelli, .327 avg. and 33 RBIs; Aubrey Huff, 14 HRs and 38 runs; Carl Crawford, 15 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Reds - 3-3; Devil Rays - 1-5.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - OF Kearns homered in Tuesday night’s game, his first since May 14. … RHP Riedling has a 4.40 ERA on the road and an 8.71 ERA at home. … The Reds have scored four runs or fewer in 10 of their last 14 games. Devil Rays - OF Baldelli has 81 hits, the second-most by a rookie through June 10 in the last 42 years behind Ichiro Suzuki’s 99 in 2001. … Tampa Bay has been outhomered 39-16 at home this season. … Tuesday’s starter RHP Jason Standridge is the 11th pitcher to start a game for the Devil Rays this season, matching their total from last year and tied with Arizona and San Diego for the most in the majors. The club record is 13 in 1999.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 13-16 on the road; Devil Rays - 12-17 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - IF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; SS Barry Larkin (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (shoulder), 60-day DL. Devil Rays - SS Rey Ordonez (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Joe Kennedy (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Seth McClung (elbow), 60-day DL.