Gassed Cobb Struggles, Rays Lose To White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays (65-92) were defeated by the Chicago White Sox (75-82) by a final score of 13-6. It was the Rays fifth loss in a row and eight loss in their last nine games. Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 ERA) took the loss for the Rays and Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21 ERA) picks up the win for Chicago.

Cobb Gassed:

The physical and emotional toll of a long rehab from Tommy John surgery more than likely has caught up to Rays’ right hander Alex Cobb. For the second straight outing he was rocked by the opposition. On Tuesday night, he allowed eight earned runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking two in just three innings of work. In his last two outings he’s allowed 15 earned runs on 17 hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

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Bullpen:

The Rays pen didn’t perform much better allowing five runs (three earned) in the final five innings of work. Steve Geltz, who took over for Cobb in the fourth, worked a scoreless frame. Chase Whitley worked 3 2/3 innings allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out five and walking one. Dana Eveland worked the eighth inning allowing an earned run in 1/3-innings of work.

Offense:

Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 and is now batting .300 (18-for-60) including a pair of home runs since his 0-for-34 skid.

Curt Casali went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth home run of the season. It was his first homer since his recall September 1st and his first since July 3oth against Nathan Eovaldi of the New York Yankees.

Richie Shaffer went 3-for-4. It was his second multi-hit game of the season (also August 10th versus the Blue Jays) and fifth multi-hit game of his career. The three hits also matched a career best equaling his hit total against the New York Mets on August 9, 2015.

Juniel Querecuto recorded his first major league hit, an RBI triple that scored Richie Shaffer and Alexei Ramirez in the top of the ninth inning.

Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4, marking his 32nd multi-hit game on the season. He is batting .373 (28-for-75) in his last 20 games (18 starts) raising his average from .227 to .249.

Up Next:

The Rays and White Sox will play the third game of their four game series. Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65 ERA) will make his final start of 2016 and he will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83 ERA).