Alex Colome Dominates Marlins In Debut
The Rays defeated the Miami Marlins for their 5th victory in a row and with the win improve their record to a season high 5 games over .500 at 29-24. The story of the night was the major league debut who earned the victory defeating Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69 ERA) and dropping the Marlins to 13-41.
The 24 year old Colome was starting for the injured Alex Cobb and was outstanding working 5.2 innings allowing only 1 unearned run on 5 hits striking out 7 and walking 2. He threw 95 pitches on the evening and 61 were for strikes including 20 swing and misses. He changed speeds and kept the Marlin hitters off balance as shown in his velocity profile from brooksbaseball.net:
One of the most interesting aspects of his start was that he didn't throw his curveball which is widely regarded as his second best offering. According to Brooksbaseball.net his pitch breakout is as follows:
- 51 four seam fastballs, average velocity 95.19 mph, max velocity 97.86 mph, 28 for strikes, 5 swing and misses
- 23 changeups, average velocity 86.44 mph, max velocity 88.53 mph, 18 for strikes, 9 swing and misses
- 12 sliders, average velocity 88.19 mph, max velocity 89.6 mph, 8 for strikes, 4 swing and misses
- 5 cutters, average velocity 87.64 mph, max velocity 89.3 mph, 4 for strikes, 0 swing and misses
- 4 fastballs, average velocity 89.10, max velocity 89.75 mph, 4 for strikes, 2 swing and misses
He had to work under duress in the first inning and that was most likely the adrenaline flowing a little vigorously through his veins. The first batter he faced was Chris Coghlan and the count ran full before Coghlan watched a four seam fastball paint the inside corner for a called third strike. After the strikeout he may have began to overthrow a bit as he issued back to back walks to Placido Polanco and Derek Dietrich and then gave up his first major league hit to Marcell Ozuna to load the bases.
Colome settled in after the first inning and retired the 12 of the next 13 hitters before facing another challenge from the Marlins in the 5th inning. With 1-out Ricky Nolasco doubled and moved to third on a single by Chris Coghlan but after a visit from pitching coach Jim Hickey induced Placido Polanco to ground into an inning ending double play.
After the Marlins failed to capitalize on their opportunity in the bottom of the 5th the Rays broke through against Ricky Nolasco on Matt Joyce's 9th home run of the season.
With 2-outs in the bottom of the 6th and a runner on 1st Colome's day came to an end. Jake McGee followed Colome to the mound and retired the only batter he faced extending his scoreless inning streak to 8.1 inning stretching over 9 appearances. During his streak he has allowed only 2 hits struck out 11 and walked 2.
Joel Peralta came in to work the 8th inning and wasn't sharp as he walked two but appeared to get out of the inning on a ground ball to James Loney. Unfortunately, the ball took a bad hop that Loney was unable to handle and was charged with the error. With Peralta's pitch count already extended to 25 Josh Leuke was brought in.
Leuke's pitches had a lot of life but he had trouble catching the plate which led to walking a run in which cut the Rays lead to 3-2 but he came back to strike out Rob Brantley to end the inning.
Fernando Rodney came in to work a scoreless uneventful 9th inning to earn his 11th save. It only took Rodney 11 pitches to retire the Marlins and 8 of his pitches were for strikes.
The Rays will head to Cleveland to take on the Indians. Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21 ERA) will look for his 9th win on the season. He will be opposed by Indians right hander Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.57 ERA) at 7:05 PM.