June 12, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Tom Hickey (48) talks with starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53), short stop Elliot Johnson (9), short stop Sean Rodriguez (1), catcher Jose Molina (28) and first baseman Carlos Pena (23) on the mound against the New York Mets at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE

Game 61: Despite 9 Hits, Rays Unable to Keep Up With Mets Offense

Alex Cobb made his 5th start for the Rays tonight, but unfortunately it was his worst. He squared off against Chris Young, who made his 2nd start of the season and who only allowed 2 earned runs.

The Mets got on the board early in the 1st inning as David Wright hit a ball that squirted underneath the glove of Eliot Johnson and scored Jordany Valdespin. The Rays responded with two runs in the bottom of the 1st; Hideki Matsui singled with the bases loaded, scoring Carlos Pena. Will Rhymes then hit a sac fly that scored B.J. Upton.

Both pitchers settled down after the 1st, but the Mets got back on the board in the 5th. With two on and two out, Valdespin hit a two-run single to put New York ahead.

The Rays were able to knock Young out of the game with two outs in the 6th inning, but it didn’t help their run production. Cobb left with two outs in the top of the 7th after giving up an RBI double to Valdespin. J.P. Howell came in for relief, but he only got out of the inning after giving up a two-run singly, and a three run home run to Ike Davis. The game truly got out of hand in the 7th, as the Mets carried a 9-2 lead, but the Rays seemed out of the game from the beginning. Although they had 9 hits off of Young, they were unable to string them together and score runs.

In the 8th inning the Rays called on Cesar Ramos for mop-up duty, but he let up two earned runs in two innings. Valdespin got his fourth RBI of the night on a ground out, and Lucas Duda scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a single.

The Rays were unable to score in the last 3 innings, and ended up losing 11-2 to even the series at one game apiece. Cobb picked up the loss, falling to 2-3, allowing 5 earned runs and raising his ERA to 4.70. Upton and Sean Rodriguez both had two hits – and Matt Joyce had three – but the Rays were only able to muster together two runs. They were 2-9 with runners in scoring position, and they left 10 on base.

Jeremy Hellickson faces Johan Santana tomorrow in a matinée rubber match at 1:10 tomorrow afternoon.

 

For the last two months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time writing for Rays Colored Glasses, but unfortunately I am moving on. My first passion is the Red Sox, and I will be writing for an independent Sox site, www.redsoxlife.com. Watching and following Rays’ games for the past two months has really strengthened my appreciation for a team and fan base that I grew up looking down upon. The Rays are a franchise that is run by very competent executives who will put together very competitive teams despite a small bank account. I can fully admit that they are a team that will always be a threat to my Red Sox, and it has been my privilege to write about them.

 

Tags: Alex Cobb B.J. Upton Carlos Pena Hideki Matsui Matt Joyce

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