Despite not yet recording a win with reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on the mound yet this season, the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the New York Yankees 3-0, while collecting their 10th win of the season. It has been a frustrating month of April for the Rays, struggling at the plate, but in recent days, the bats have come alive and the pitching performances from the youngsters in the rotation have been impressive.
After dropping eight of ten games during a disappointing road trip, the Rays have rebounded to win five of their last six. On Wednesday night it was due to the stellar pitching performance of Alex Cobb. Cobb, 3-1, pitched 8 1/3 innings and scattered just three hits while striking out seven and allowing just one walk. While the lineup did feature four batters which still see their average at .200 or lower, the Rays managed eight hits and chased veteran Andy Pettitte from the game after six innings.
Ben Zobrist was the offensive hero of the night for the Rays, putting Tampa up 2-0 after a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning off Pettitte. However, the Rays were a dismal 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position once again, an issue which has plagued the Rays in this young season.
The win over their divisional opponents, the Yankees, was the Rays 13th win in 16 games at Tropicana Field over the Bronx Bombers. After just 21 games this season, Wednesday night marked the fifth shutout for the Rays pitching staff. Tampa has arrived in Chicago and will take on the White Sox in a four-game series. The Yankees return home to host the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.