By: Stephen Parsons
The weekend series between Tampa Bay and Oakland was expected to feature dominant pitching on both sides. Starting with Alex Cobb and Brett Anderson, runs were expected to be rare. Tampa Bay didn’t get the memo.
Neither did Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp, as he hit a lead off double to start the game, on the very first pitch. Jed Lowrie would drive in Crisp, giving the A’s an early 1-0 lead. Brandon Moss would hit a single to left field, scoring Seth Smith, so just like that it was 2-0 Oakland.
In the Bottom of the 1st inning, Desmond Jennings drew a lead off walk. After advancing to 2nd base on a ground out by Kelly Johnson, Jennings would score on a single by Ben Zobrist making it 2-1 A’s.
Sean Rodriugez would then tie the game hitting a single to left field scoring Ben Zobrist. Hitting was contagious in the 1st inning, as Jose Lobaton would single scoring Shelly Duncan and Sean Rodriguez giving the Rays a 4-2 advantage.
Brett Anderson would only last 1 inning allowing 4 runs on 4 hits walking 2 Tampa Bay hitters.
In the Bottom of the 3rd inning, Ryan Roberts would single to center field, scoring Shelly Duncan extending the lead to 5-2 Tampa Bay.
The Bottom of the 4th, the Rays would really blow it open. Ben Zobrist would come through again, hitting a single up the middle scoring Desmond Jennings, 6-2 Tampa Bay.
Then came Evan Longoria who would hit a fly ball well over the left field wall making it 8-2 Rays, only in the 4th inning. This was Longoria’s 4th home run of the season.
In the Top of the 8th inning, Coco Crisp hit a solo home run, his 5th of the season making it 8-3 Tampa Bay. But that would be all Oakland would be able to do offensively.
Alex Cobb got hit around for 10 hits but only allowed 3 runs, pitching for 7 and 1/3 innings. He would get the win improving to 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. Brett Anderson took the loss falling to 1-3 with a .95 ERA.
Time of the game was 3 hours and 6 minutes. Attendance at Tropicana Field was 15,115.
Oakland falls to 12-5 while Tampa Bay improves to 6-10.
Cobb got hit around pretty good, but kept his composure in that 1st inning and his hitters picked him up to give him a huge advantage early and often.
Great job by Longoria by taking advantage of a chance to blow it open. For a team that struggles to score runs, good job by getting out in front early.
Coming Up Next:
Jarrod Parker will pitch for Oakland, he is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA. He will face off against Rays hurler Jeremy Hellickson, who is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA this season.
First Pitch is at 7:10 PM at Tropicana Field.
Categories: American League Happenings