Since the game wasn't televised last night any type of recap from me is going to be pretty useless. Let's just highlight a few things.
Alex Cobb was great. The four walks in eight innings isn't good, but he allowed just five hits and struck out seven. Unfortunately one of the hits was a triple to former Ray Stephen Vogt, who was then driven in by Coco Crisp. Crisp would homer in the eighth inning, giving the A's an insurance run they'd need since the Rays scored one in the top of the ninth. Cobb's changeup was working exceptionally well, throwing it 39 times and generating 12 whiffs.
The offense wasn't great. Again. They out hit the A's but scored just once, leaving 17 men on base and going 1-9 with runners in scoring position. On the bright side, Wil Myers broke out of his slump, at least for a night, with a double in the ninth.
Despite losing six of their last seven games the Rays still hold the second wildcard spot by 3.5 games. Reinforcements are coming today in the form of Delmon Young, Luke Scott, Chris Giminez, and Josh Lueke. Matt Moore is due back off the DL this week. There's still time to make a run. A team can't slump for two whole months...can they?