Cobb Looks Great, Record Day For Rays’ Bats
On Tuesday afternoon the Rays scored a team spring record 19 runs on 23 hits including five homers.
In addition to the powerful offense, five Rays’ pitchers combined to retire the first 21 batters they faced. The bid for the teams first spring training no-hitter and perfect game came to an end in the top of the eighth after Neil Wagner allowed a leadoff single to Bengie Gonzalez.
With the win the Rays improve to 4-1 on the Grapefruit League season while the Twins drop to 2-3.
Homer Happy, None Greater Than Bauers Prodigious Slam:
Bauers, 21, is the fourth best prospect in the Rays’ farm system as ranked by MLB Pipeline. He’s in good company trailing Willy Adames, Jose Deleon, and Brent Honeywell. He is slated to open up the season with the teams Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls. With the club’s Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits in 2016 he hit .274/.370/.420 with 14 homers and drew 73 walks in 581 plate appearances. He split his time between first base and right field.
For Cobb, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad:
Alex Cobb, making his first Grapefruit League start, was satisfied with two of his pitchers on the afternoon. “I’m happy with two of the three pitches,” Cobb remarked after the game. “I was extremely excited to see the movement on the fastball, and the ability to throw the curveball in and out of the zone when I wanted to. The changeup wasn’t there every time I went to it, but there was glimpses of it.”