Some wins just feel more like wins than others.
Last night, Alex Cobb's dominant performance over eight innings, allowing six hits and only two runs, along with a lively offense that notched 12 hits for the first time at home since July 14th and scored six runs, allowed the Rays a 6-2 win to open up their four-game set against the Rangers.
The Rays also got help from some old pals last night, as James Shields and Wade Davis led the Royals over the Indians 7-1 with Shields striking out 10 in six innings of work and Davis providing an inning of scoreless relief.
Mind you, as I know you already now, the starting pitcher for the Indians last night was another familiar face: Scott Kazmir. It was like a 2008 Rays pitching reunion across the majors, with Edwin Jackson on the mound for the Cubs as well; though his night wasn't so pleasant.
With the Rays win and Rangers loss, plus all the other teams in the mix, the Wild Card standings now appear as so:
News and notes:
- The AL Wild Card is bananas, and this week's scheduling is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
- Jesse Crain is from Boulder, and is raising money for flood relief in Colorado.
- Nick Punto. Loves sliding into first. Loves it.
- "When Teams Lose, Fans Tackle Fatty Foods." Proven.
- Bunts on bunts on bunts.