Mariners Tag Seven Earned Runs On Alex Cobb En Route To 7-4 Victory
Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Seattle Mariners by a final score of 7-4 marking their 11th loss in their last 12 games. The loss drops the Rays back to 15 games under .500 at 24-39.
Cobb (1-4, 4.39 ERA) had his worst outing of his season lasting a season low 4.1 innings allowing a season high 10 hits and was charged with seven runs (all earned).
“They were hitting the ball, some ground balls, but they hit some balls well also.” Joe Maddon said. “Just unusual to see him not get more swings and misses – that’s just normally what happens there.”
Alex Cobb made no excuses for his outing, “They were able to take advantage of me throwing the fastball down the middle of the plate for the most part.” Can he figure out what wrong? He hopes so. “It’s tough. It’s definitely a time where I need to take the extra day that we have coming up and really get back to basics to figure out what happened tonight and why the pitches I made were happening and fix it as soon as possible.”
The Mariners got the scoring started in the top of the second inning when Cole Gillespie connected on a 1-out solo homer.
The Rays fought back in their half of the second when James Loney hit a solo home run. It was Loney’s first home run at Tropicana Field since his pinch hit walk off home run of the Orioles Tommy Hunter on September 23, 2013 and first home run off a lefty since connecting off of the Red Sox Andrew Miller on June 10, 2013.
Later in the inning catcher Ali Solis executed the first and third safety squeeze bunt to bring in Yunel Escobar from third. It was the second time in as many nights that the Rays have executed the play. It was Solis’s first major league RBI.
The Mariners came back to score two runs in the top of the fourth inning to regain a 3-2 lead. With one out and Dustin Ackely at first Brad Miller sent a bouncer back toward the middle. Alex Cobb reached for the ball and it deflected off his glove into short right field as Ackely raced to third.
Had Cobb let the ball go Logan Forsythe was in position to turn an easy double play to end the inning. Instead Willie Bloomquist followed with an RBI single that moved Miller to third. Endy Chavez plated Miller with a sacrifice fly.
The first three Mariners hitters reached base to load the bases in the top of the fifth inning for Dustin Ackely. Cobb got ahead of him 0-2 but missed his location on a curveball that resulted in a bases clearing double to put the Mariners up 6-2.
“That pitch is going to haunt me awhile. I knew I had to bear down really hard right there with the bases loaded and not let the damage get deeper than it already was” Cobb said. “I tried to bury a curveball and left it right in his swing path. That’s exactly where he wants the ball. That’s definitely going to be a pitch that’s going to be replayed in my mind over and over.”
Ramos was replaced with two outs in the seventh inning by Kirby Yates making his major league debut. He retired Cole Gillespie on a groundout to third to end the seventh and worked a scoreless eighth including two strikeouts.
The Rays pushed across two runs in the bottom of the eighth when Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run to drive in Desmond Jennings who had doubled. Longoria has now hit in all seven games this month and is hitting .324 (22 for 68) over his last 15 games after hitting ..189 (17 for 89) over the previous 24 games.
Fernando Rodney came into the game to work the ninth inning and preserve the victory for Roenis Elias (5-4, 3.64 ERA). It was Rodney’s 17th save on the year tying the Royals Greg Holland for the AL lead. He shot his customary arrow after recording the last out and the action was met by a chorus of boos by the crowd.