Triggs Roughed Up Again, A’s Routed 13-4 By Tampa Bay

June 9, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Tampa Bay Rays’ Mallex Smith, right, hig h fives third base coach Charlie Montoyo after his home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 9, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

By Matthew Harrington

 The Tampa Bay Rays hit five home runs over the first 5 innings while starter Alex Cobb stymied the Oakland A’s hitters to one run over 6 innings in a 13-4 rout Friday night in West Florida.
 Corey Dickerson, Mallex Smith, Steven Souza Jr., Logan Morrison and Tim Beckham all went deep to give Andrew Triggs (5-6, 4.27 ERA)  his second loss and second consecutive start of four or fewer innings in June. Stephen Vogt homered in the losing effort.
Triggs struggled in his last start against the Washington Nationals June 2nd, going 3 2/3 while allowing six runs. Friday at the Trop proved far worse, with the slinging righty exiting the game after surrending eight runs over 3 2/3. Longman Zach Neal closed out the game, giving up another 5 runs in a 5-run 5th inning before finishing off the final 3 innings without giving up a run.
The A’s, on the other hand, struggled to find their offense against the winner Cobb (5-5, 4.29). The righty struck out 5,scattering for hits while allowing one run on a Khris Davis RBI single in the 6th. He departed the game leading 13-1.
Vogt continued the A’s momentum, launching his fourth long ball of the year off reliever Ryan Garton for the A’s second run of the game. An RBI double by Adam Rosales would score another run off Garton in the 8th, while the A’s final run came on a wild pitch of a Ryon Healey strikeout that scored Matt Joyce in the 8th as well.
The A’s look to bounce back Saturday with Sonny Gray on the mound. He’ll face off against Erasmo Ramirez in game 2 of the weekend series.
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