Being in a Major League Baseball ballpark is usually electrifying. The fans stay involved and go crazy when the home team has a big play. That would not be how you would describe the Tampa Bay Rays ballpark tonight. The Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-0, and you could hear crickets chirping at Tropicana Field.
Tampa has quietly climbed to 3-2 in the American League East. The reason tonight was a solid start was due to pitcher Alex Cobb. He pitched 7.1 innings, gave up 4 hits and the Rays bullpen again finished the night. Their bullpen has been real good in two games against the Indians, but they failed miserably in the opening series against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rays sparingly sprinkled their runs throughout the game. That is what probably put the fans to sleep. They scored one in the first, two in the fourth, a surprisingly rare Kelly Johnson home run, one run in the sixth and the final run came in the eighth inning. The home run from Johnson was the only time the fans got excited all night.
For the Indians, this game again looked like they forgot their bats. After two scoreless nights, you have to wonder when Nick Swisher is going to be worth all the money they paid him to be their cleanup batter. Swisher is batting a pitiful .235 so far, and the Indians don’t look like they will fare any better than last year’s record of 68-94.
Even though they won 6-0 and had quality pitching, the Rays still have some work to do. Maybe that’s why the fans are so quiet.