Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/11/13
Some of the San Diego Padres called it a split-finger fastball, others called it a changeup. Whatever it was that Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb was throwing Friday night, the Padres were swinging and missing. Cobb struck out 13 in fewer than five innings and Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece to help the Rays rally for a 6-3 victory. Cobb became the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning. The right-hander faced 23 batters and left after throwing 117 pitches in 4 2-3 innings. He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts - four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base. The other outs were recorded on grounders to shortstop in the first and to third base in the fourth. The Padres struck out 18 times overall in losing for only the fourth time in their last 15 games. ''I bet (Cobb) threw 15 fastballs the whole game,'' said Chase Headley, who struck out three t...
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