The Tampa Bay Rays’ hitters looked lost against the pitching of the New York Yankees for a second-straight night, as they lost 4-1 and spoiled a solid outing from youngster Alex Cobb.
The 24-year old Cobb, making his 4th start of the season, looked sharp, carrying a 2-hitter into the 8th inning. Unfortunately, those two hits he allowed were both home runs, as first baseman Mark Teixeira took him deep in the 2nd inning and second baseman Robinson Cano, the reigning Home Run Derby winner, homered in the 4th inning. The damage could have been worse, however, as third baseman Alex Rodriguez was thrown out trying to advance on a ball in the dirt on the pitch right before Cano’s homerun.
Cobb seemed to run out of gas in the 8th inning, however, allowing hits to the first three batters he faced before Joe Maddon turned to the bullpen. The final line for Cobb was 7+ innings pitched, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 1 BB, and 4 K’s. Burke Badenhop worked 0.2 perfect innings and J.P. Howell retired the only batter he faced.
The night started out well for the Rays’ offense, as Desmond Jennings singled on the second pitch of the game. However, Yankees starter Ivan Nova quickly got out of the inning, striking out B.J. Upton and getting Matt Joyce to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Nova cruised until the 9th inning, allowing just one hit and one walk over the next seven innings, when the Rays finally got to him. Jennings and Upton led off the inning with back-to-back triples, as the Rays avoided a second-straight shutout and knocked Nova out of the game. However, the Yankees’ closer Rafael Soriano, a former Ray, came in and got Joyce to pop out and struck out Ben Zobrist, and then Hideki Matsui gave one a ride, but it came up just short, as he flew out to the warning track in right field to end the game.
The Rays look to rebound tomorrow, and avoid getting swept, in a battle of the aces, as they send out David Price (7-3, 2.44 ERA) to the mound against CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68 ERA). The game starts at 7:05 ET.
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Written by Will Creager
I'm currently a senior at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, FL, studying math and sports journalism. Sports are my passion, especially baseball.