Cobb, Boxberger, and McGee Combine To Shutout Tigers 1-0
Thanks to the combined efforts of Alex Cobb, Brad Boxberger, and Jake McGee the Tampa Bay Rays ended their home stand on a winning note blanking the Detroit Tigers 1-0. With the win the Rays end their four game losing streak and improve to 62-65.
While the division lead may be out of reach at this juncture of the season the win moves them to within seven games of the second wild card ;eadomg Tigers.
Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01 ERA) delivered seven scoreless innings allowing just just two hits striking out six and walking one. Brad Boxberger worked a scoreless eighth inning and Jake McGee shut the Tigers down in the ninth to pick up his 14th save on the season.
It was Cobb’s seventh consecutive winning decision spanning ten starts. During which time he is 7-0 with a 1.99 ERA (14ER/63.1IP) with 63 strikeouts and just 15 walks. He is the first Rays pitcher to win seven straight decisions since Matt Moore (June 20-September 13, 2013) who also holds the franchise record with nine consecutive winning decisions (September 29, 2012 to May 19, 2013).
For the second consecutive game a Tigers hurler tossed a complete game as David Price (12-9, 3.00 ERA) went the distance in his first trip to Tropicana Field since being dealt to the Tigers on July 31st. In taking the loss he allowed one unearned run on just one hit striking out nine and walking none. It was his third complete game of the season and was his first ever game allowing the opposition less than two hits.
The Rays scored their only run in the top of the first inning when Ben Zobrist reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez and Brandon Guyer followed with an RBI triple in what was the Rays only hit of the game. “I knew which pitches I could throw and which I shouldn’t throw. Guyer.” Price said. “I know I shouldn’t throw him a backdoor cutter. I did, and it was a good pitch, and he hit it well…That’s a pitch he can handle extremely well. I shouldn’t have thrown it.”
The Tigers had their best opportunity to tie the game in the top of the eighth off Brad Boxberger. With one out Eugenio Suarez doubled to get into scoring position for Rajai Davis. Davis sent a looping fly ball to short right field and Kiermaier raced in and made a diving grab to record the second out and kept Suarez anchored to the bag at second.
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The victory marks the first game in franchise history that the Rays have won with one hit or fewer. Earlier this season (May 21st) the Rays lost to the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in a game where their pitching staff only allowed one-hit. They become the first team to win a game recording a single hit and lose a game while allowing a single hit since the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League pulled the trick in 1915.
The Rays pitching staff recorded their 16th shutout and are now just one shutout shy of matching the franchise high for a single season of 17 set last season.
Joe Maddon was impressed with both the starters performances. “I thought both would be inspired. I really did. I thought there might be a little bit of jitters in the 1st but both of them, outside of the ball by Guyer, because Cobb looked really good.” Maddon said. ” He came out really good. David’s stuff was very good. He really probably used his changeup more than he normally does today, Price did. But really, again, interesting game. What can I say man? It really lived up to the billing or the advertising part to the game. I’m just happy we won.”
The Rays head north to Toronto to begin a span of 26 consecutive game against AL East foes. Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.66 ERA) takes the mound against the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.83 ERA) at 7:07 pm.