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Rays’ Alex Cobb fans 10 in two-hitter versus Marlins

Jun 17, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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Two days after pitching a one-hitter, the Rays got a two-hitter in beating the Marlins, 3-0, on Sunday, with Alex Cobb striking out 10 in his seven innings of work.

Cobb gave up both hits, which were singles from Gaby Sanchez in the third and Greg Dobbs in the seventh. Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney finished up from there. In all, Rays pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts today. Cobb’s 10 strikeouts were a career high.

Marlins hitters ended up striking out 39 times in the series against the Rays, though Miami did manage to take Saturday’s 15-inning thriller.

The Rays have now been involved in three one- or two-hitters in five days: they were on the wrong side of R.A. Dickey‘s masterpiece in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    This says more about the marlins being completely inept, than it says about the 3rd place rays.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Actually, it says more about Alex Cobb, a very talented rookie who is in the shadows of teammate Matt Moore.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Why the decerebrated thumbs down? Randy is absolutely right. At the moment the Feesh are collectively lost at the plate. There is so much dead wood in that lineup right now that an opposing peetcher can just work around anyone who is making contact and go after the six or so who are flailing away like anemones at anything that looks vaguely spherical approaching them. The Iron Giant’s implosion at the plate has been terrifying; in two weeks he’s lost thirty points off his average and he seems like he’s racking up more strikeouts than plate appearances. The guy Slobbering Ozzie is using to “protect” him, Tweeter, is batting .229 and fouls his pants every time he sees a praying mantis. Jose Reyes is the only guy on the team whose average is actually fattening, but now the opposition will work around him too.

      The Razed have a good staff, but they’re not that good. On the other hand, the Feesh really are that bad. They’re playing like the Greek economy. With a couple of exceptions – which really looked like cases of the exasperated pitching staff subconsciously slipping into “what’s the use” mode – the Feesh are getting good efforts from their hurlers.

      I’ll go back to what I said even when they were doing well, though it was apparent they were having a May of smoke and mirrors: this team needs to be blown up. Give up on Tweeter and Buck and get what you can for them. If someone wants to take a flyer at the Hanster and Nolasco, let’s see what we can get for them too. The regulars here know I was tearing my hair (a scarce resource) out the whole offseason beating the drums for a trade or signing of a serious impact bat. At this point, if you don’t make some major changes you can already kiss this Bridge-at-Remagen campaign goodbye.

    • hittfamily - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      The Marlins managed 1 earned run vs the Rays this weekend, and that came in the 15th inning of Saturday nights game. All told, the Rays played 33 innings vs the Marlins and allowed 1 earned run. Even with that pitiful performance by the Marlins, they still have the best offense in Florida. The Rays desperately need Longoria back, because the staff can carry them only so far.

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