Game 159: We Sweep the Yankees

By David Egbert

You knew it was going to be a tight game when Alex Cobb went up against Ivan Nova. Cobb has been on fire lately and Nova often carves up the Rays.
The first three innings lived up to the billing as neither team did much of anything. The Yankees got a runner to third in the second but he was stranded there.

The Rays scored first in the 4th inning as Wil Myers singled, James Loney walked and Evan Longoria singled to drive in the first run. The only bad part of the inning was that the Rays once again loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to get another run across. Isn’t this getting a little tiresome?

The Rays extended the lead in the seventh on a solo home run by Delmon Young. He is swinging a good bat lately and was a nice pickup.

The eighth was the break out inning for the Rays as Ben Zobrist singled to lead off the inning. With one out,  Loney doubled and Longoria followed with a two run single through the infield.

Cobb cruised along until the eighth as Granderson doubled and advanced to third on Overbay’s single.  With no outs,  Joel Peralta entered the game and “everyday Joel” put down the next three hitters to escape the inning without giving up a run. On the night, Cobb gave up three hits and two walks, striking out four in seven shutout innings.

The only highlight for the Yankees was a seemingly never ending tribute to Mo Rivera. Coming in with one out in the eighth, he retired the four batters he faced before Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter came out to escort him from the mound with two outs in the top of the ninth as the crowd roared their appreciation. He deserves it.

On to Toronto and, hopefully, the playoffs.