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Rays blank Indians in American League Wild Card Game

Oct 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

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It’s rare that a team will tally nine hits and be held scoreless, but that is exactly what happened to the host Indians in Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Using an arsenal of vicious breaking stuff and a steady low-90s fastball, Rays starter Alex Cobb worked in and out of trouble for 6 2/3 shutout frames as Tampa Bay grabbed a 4-0 victory over the Tribe to advance to an ALDS meeting with the American League East-champion Red Sox. Tampa Bay’s bullpen looked like a potential weak spot heading into this one-game coin-flip, but right-hander Joel Peralta and left-hander Jake McGee were sharp in setup duty and Rays closer Fernando Rodney shot his arrows after a clean bottom of the ninth.

The Rays got their first run in the third on a Delmon Young solo shot after two dominant opening innings from Indians starter Danny Salazar, who was pumping 98-mph fastballs with ease until he was lifted in the top of the fifth. Salazar’s impressive velocity readings gave the home fans something to look forward to in 2014, but the 23-year-old right-hander wound up surrendering three runs on four hits and two walks in the loss.

The Rays added a fourth insurance run against the Cleveland bullpen in the top of the ninth inning.

Rays manager Joe Maddon will lead his team into Fenway Park this weekend for the opening games of a big best-of-five series between two very-familiar American League East foes. Game 1 is Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

  1. chill1184 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Congrats to the Rays

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      my thumbs down are even steven with your thumbs up.ha ha

  2. happytwinsfan - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    evil fucking rays

    persistent conquering competence, the new yankees

    kill em. kill em slow.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      The Yankees without the WS rings and the massive payroll and the mythology and the huge fanbase?

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        yes, the persistently competent bastards

      • indaburg - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Fair enough.

  3. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    We want fair representation next year! Turbans not feathers! Stupid Americans!

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      stupid and proud

      do the rays play in the us or are they up in toronto or some other towel head country?

  4. Old Gator - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Go have a beer on me, Indy. But wait until the tranquilizers leave your system.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      will you pay for my fifth vodka?

      what’s the currently most prevalent language in broward county?

      • Old Gator - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        happy: I don’t pay for vodka. According to the same logic we use to continue to justify the Cuban embargo, buying vodka supports the Soviet regime.

        The prevalent language in Broward County is Espacois.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Shoot… my nurse told me to tranquilize myself with whiskey back when the Indians loaded the bases. Cobb has actually been better since his concussion. I hope this doesn’t give Dusty Baker any ideas.

      I’m still stunned. Watching them celebrate with silly string (why not?) and champagne on Sunsports. Next up, Boston. Our old (well, relatively old) nemesis. The Rays have hurt me bad before. I’m scared to trust them.

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        do not let the residents of the ye old banana republic state hurt you again. pray for global warming and rising sea levels.

        god’s favorite sport is baseball because he is a midwesterner.

      • indaburg - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        Now, now. Be nice. Climate change affects the midwest unpleasantly too.

  5. pisano - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I see Swisher shined for the Tribe as he did for the Yankees. Two K’s in four at bats, that’s about par for him.

  6. sabatimus - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    We’ll see how your Rays’ bigot, assailant, and rapist do against the Sox. That doesn’t even cover Luke Scott.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Wait, who is the assailant? I thought that was the rapist? You also forgot our homophobe, who is not to be confused with the bigot, rapist, or Luke Scott.

    • respectfortampabay - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Yes, congrats to the Rays. You speak of them as if THEY are the Evil Empire. Instead of being an a-hole about it, just give them the props they deserve. Bet your team has its share of miscreants as well, so board up the glass house before you throw stones. What they’ve managed to do with what they’ve spent (not necessarily what they could afford, but that’s a different, upper management story) has been nothing short of amazing when you consider what the coaching and clubhouse attitude of this team gets out of the many reclamation projects they’ve had over the years – particularly this year with Loney and Escobar, who might be the best fielding first baseman and shortstop in the bigs. Piss and moan all you want, but give them the respect they’re due. They not only battled the big-dollar franchises this year, but they also battled the blind and/or myopic, attitude-laden (see Joe West) umps too and still got there. Next up: go beat the Red Sox in their house. Miss BJ Upton much? NOT

  7. denverdude7 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    I just want to thank every member of the Cleveland Indians for never giving up and playing their hearts out to qualify for the post season.

    I wish we could have continued on but it wasn’t meant to be.

    Well done gentlemen..

    Maybe management will actually spend some money during the offseason and improve the club even more.

    Well, I can hope can’t I ??

  8. ckhoss29 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Denverdude I’m pretty sure management spent this past offseason, and with the attendance this year I’m not so sure they will be willing to do it again.

  9. janessa31888 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    As a Cleveland fan, I always expect to be disappointed. I figured it would end badly. Cobb dominated us in the regular season and this team proved that it is incapable of beating a quality opponent.
    Well, it was a better ending than last year, at least. Thankful to have Terry Francona as the manager.

  10. bigbenownsthenfl - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Same old Cleveland! Let’s go Bucs!

  11. Old Gator - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I’ve been looking for some excuse to insinuate this information into a thread for a couple of days now, but because the Feesh have been put back in the freezer till peetchers and catchers there’s been noplace to put it. Fortunately, since it peripherally concerns the Razed,

    Thanks to a bunch of multiyear season ticket contracts bought when Macondo Banana Massacre Field first opened by gullible fans who actually believed that Scrooge McLoria was committed to investing in the Feesh payroll for the long haul – a category within which, unfortunately, I have to include myself – the Rainbow Warriors ackcherley only finished second to last in the annual attendance sweepstakes. Last place, disgracefully enough, went to the Razed. It’s one thing when fans shun a terrible team owned by a bloodsucking asshole fat and happy on the public’s betrayal by its so-called “representatives,” but when you’ve got a terrific, nearly always competitive team run by a great guy and owned by a legitimately committed gentleman – even if your stadium is ugly and depressing and sitting on an as yet undetected supersinkhole on the edge of the known world and your team plays that watered down simulacrum of the real thing known as designatedhitterball – you go to the fucking games, people. Right?

    Can you even imagine what the attendance would have been for the Feesh if, all other things being equal, they played in St. Petersburg? Ah well. Next year most of those multiyear ticket packages will have expired, and people who’ve ackcherley tried to sue the Feesh for misrepresentation to unload them likely won’t be back. Then we’ll get to see what kind of draw Scrooge and his new orifice full of bootlickers will pull in.

  12. bornintoitiniowa - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I really wanted a Red Sox-Indians ALDS; it would’ve been HUGE. However, the Rays are considered rivals of the Sox, so there is still a good story. The Rays pitching has been dominant, but the Red Sox have had their number all season.

  13. MyTeamsAllStink - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    shoulda put in Vaughan

  14. scdocal - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I’ll take Simmons and freeman from the braves.

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