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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: 2 First-Inning Runs Down Alex Colome

By Robbie Knopf

What Alex Colome is doing in Winter Ball can’t exactly parallel what Scott Kazmir and (to a lesser extent) Alex Torres did following the 2012 season to get themselves back on track. However, these extra innings that Alex Colome is accumulating in the Dominican Winter League may make all the difference in regards to his future as a big league starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. On Saturday, Colome delivered his fourth straight strong start for Escogido, albeit in a loss, and raised his innings in 2014 up to 142.2.

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After a one-out, two-run single by Willy Garcia in the first inning, Alex Colome retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, erasing the only exception with a double play ball. However, his offense never got him any support, and that was enough for him to take the loss. Colome went 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 4 while walking 1. His groundout to flyout ratio was a solid 5-3.

Colome’s ERA on the DWL season is still at 4.50, but basically all the blame for that rests on the 5 runs Colome allowed in 1.1 innings in his Leones debut. Since then, Colome’s ERA sits at 2.61 to go along with a 16-7 strikeout to walk ratio and just 1 homer allowed in 20.2 innings pitched.

On the Leones side, Freddy Guzman went 0 for 3 with a walk while Alexander Simon, fresh off a solid season for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, made his season debut by pinch-hitting unsuccessfully. Things were a little more interesting in regards to the ex-Rays playing for the Aguilas.

Manny Ramirez had the day off, but Derek Dietrich went 1 for 4 with a double and one of the runs scored against Colome, Danny Richar went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored, and then there were the two pitchers. Juan Sandoval tossed a perfect relief innings with a strikeout and 2 groundouts and Cesar Cabral retired both batters he faced. Sandoval has struggled with control issues so far in the DWL, managing a 13-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 15.1 innings pitched, but he looked to be at his best in this game.