Before we get into tonight's game, it wouldn't be right to avoid talking about the events that transpired tonight (and transcends sports). Earlier this evening, the city of Boston, as well as the rest of this great country, breathed a sigh of relief followed by a roar of applause. The second suspect that shook the city of Boston and the rest of the country was taken into custody.
With that being said, the Rays experienced their own major victory tonight, facing the surprisingly hot Oakland A's. Alex Cobb, who has begun his 2013 campaign with successful outings, took the mound while Brett Anderson got the nod for the A's.
It was a tale of two pitchers: Anderson only managed to last a single inning while giving up 4 runs off of 4 hits. Cobb, on the other hand, pitched a decent 7.1 innings for the Rays, but really had trouble keeping his pitches away from the middle part of the plate, surrendering 10 hits and giving up 3 runs. While Cobb continued to work deep into the game, Anderson's replacement, Evan Scribner, fared no better: 3 innings pitched, 4 earned off of 4 hits.
The Rays have gotten off to a 6-10 start, which was somewhat expected after losing newly-established ace James Shields, and an offense which was in the bottom 5 last year.
Scoring runs was not one of the Rays problems tonight.
In the first inning, Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez singled in runs, Jose Lobaton hit a two run single, successfully ending Anderson's night on the mound. In the third, Ryan Roberts hit a one-run single to make it a 5-2 ballgame. But the fourth inning was where the lead was really blown open after Zobrist singled home another run, and Longoria hit a two-run homer (4th of the season) to make it an 8-2 game.
The only offensive "power" the A's showed came from the most unlikely of players: Cocoa Crisp. Once one of the game's perennial speedsters and stolen base "thieves", Crisp has now become a player akin to Ben Zobrist's role (a.k.a. a "platoon" player). His homer to right field was a brief flashback to the .300/10+HR/40+SB Crisp that we used to enjoy watching tearing up the basepaths.
Longoria and Zobrist are now the only two reliable and consistent offensive sources the Rays ave as of this moment, and some fans are starting to call for Wil Myers' call up; it's just too soon to start panicking, and management is aware of this. The incredibly high possibility of David Price being dealt for a plethora of great hitters and prospects is something that will probably become a reality. However, if the young prospects like Cobb and Moore continue to pitch as well as they have thus far, things might not be as bad as Rays fans thought they'd be this season.
Notable Stats From Tonight's Game:
A. Cobb: (W, 2-1) 7.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 SO
B. Zobrist: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
E. Longoria: 1-4, R, HR(4), 2 RBI
J. Lobaton: 1-4, 2 RBI
Tomorrow's game pits Jeremy Hellickson (0-1) against the A's Jarrod Parker (0-2). First pitch is at 7:10 tomorrow evening.