Pitching is the name of the game and right now, the Rays are giving themselves a chance to win every night. Alex Cobb led the way as the Rays blanked the Yankees 5-0 on Friday night from Tropicana Field. The Rays (61-61) are back to .500 for the first time since April 22nd, when they were 10-10. Rays are now 8-3 against the Yankees (61-59) this season.
Rays struck first in the first inning against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy. They loaded the bases with nobody out and managed to get two runs on fielder’s choices by Evan Longoria and James Loney. Rays tacked on another in the 7th on an RBI single by Curt Casali to make it 3-0. McCarthy (4-2) allowed just two earned runs over 6 and 1/3 innings but he got the loss.
Cobb was forced to leave the game in the 8th when the Yankees put a couple of runners on base. Brad Boxberger came in and allowed a Derek Jeter single to load the bases with one out. But Boxberger slammed the door— he struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira to end the inning.
Cobb was sensational once again. He threw 7 and 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed just 6 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. Cobb improved to 8-6 on the season. Boxberger did a terrific job to get out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th. Joel Peralta recorded the final three outs in the 9th to seal it.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rays play game two of their series with the Yankees at the Trop. Drew Smyly goes for the Rays against Shane Greene. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 3pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.