Alex Cobb had quite the night last night, striking out 13 batters in only 4.2 innings of work. Naturally, with that type of performance, there are likely to be several interesting tidbits of information.
First, how many people have struck out that many batters without pitching at least five innings? Zero, at least, before Cobb did so. Cobb also became the second pitcher in Rays history to strike out four batters in an inning, joining Jeremy Hellickson, who managed that feat against the Detroit Tigers on August 25, 2011, and becoming the 68th pitcher in history to do so. However, his feat was even more amazing as he became the only pitcher to not only strike out every batter he faced in the inning, but to also allow a run. Overall, Rays pitchers struck out 18 batters, tying the franchise mark for most strikeouts in a nine inning game. Impressive stuff all the way around.
The Rays concert series continues tomorrow night, with Kenny Loggins ready to perform after the game. Here’s a video to get you warmed up for the evening: