Game 73: Alex Cobb Brilliant, But Rays Lose 2-0

By Drew Jenkins

The Tampa Bay Rays’ offensive struggles have plagued them all season, and that continued with them being shutout by the Baltimore Orioles once again on Wednesday. Despite Alex Cobb‘s great start, the Rays would drop the game 2-0

Alex Cobb was in vintage form. He would throw 7.0 innings, allowing just 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. His command may have been slightly off, but that didn’t keep him from putting up the great start. Cesar Ramos would do his job by get left-hander Chris Davis out, and then he would be replaced by Kirby Yates. Yates gave up his first run as a Ray off of a Nelson Cruz homer. His ERA still sits at an outstanding 1.59 in limited time this year. After Yates, Juan Carlos Oviedo would throw a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 2.22.

The Rays’ offense had no answer for Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who threw 6 scoreless innings before the O’s bullpen followed with 3 scoreless innings. They would manage just 5 hits, and once again they struggled with runners on base, going 0-7. No Ray would have more than one hit in this game, though Evan Longoria and David DeJesus both smacked doubles. All-in-all, a poor day for the offense.

The Rays will take on the Houston Astros on Thursday at 7:10 ET, with Chris Archer facing Colin McHugh.