Update (8:46 PM ET): It’s over. With one out, Joe Mauer sharply hit a ground ball up the middle. It ricocheted off of the second base bag. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made a valiant effort to barehand the carom but there was no chance to get Mauer.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi has outdueled opposing starter Bartolo Colon, bringing a no-hitter through six innings against the Twins on Tuesday evening. The right-hander has tossed 77 pitches, yielding only a walk while striking out five.
Lucas Duda drilled a solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Duda then added an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-0 in support of his pitcher.
Odorizzi, 27, entered the evening with a 4.85 ERA and a 97/52 K/BB ratio in 117 innings on the season.
If Odorizzi is able to make it through the final three innings without yielding a hit, he’ll become the first Ray to throw a no-hitter since Matt Garza on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers. The Twins were last victims of a no-hitter on May 2, 2012 when the Angels’ Jered Weaver shut them down.
We’ll keep you updated as Odorizzi attempts to navigate through the seventh, eighth, and ninth.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: