Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays' Alex Colome shows maturity in working out of jam (w/ video)

PHOENIX — The Rays had done too much right to get to the ninth inning with a 6-3 lead Wednesday to watch it all slip away.

But that certainly looked like an increasing possibility when closer Alex Colome, back on the mound after a one-day break following his unusual run of saving four straight games, got off to an uncharacteristically shaky start.

Colome allowed a single to leadoff man Michael Bourn. He allowed a single to Juan Segura, with Bourn going to third. He walked Jake Lamb on four pitches.

Then he had to deal with Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt and dangerous David Peralta.

All Colome did was get ahead of Goldschmidt to strike him out then get Peralta to hit a ground ball that 2B Tim Beckham, SS Taylor Motter and 1B Logan Morrison turned into a game-ending double play.

"That just kind of shows the pitcher he's evolved into because I don't know if he's capable of getting through that last year," manager Kevin Cash said. "He's really grown. He just trusted his stuff, didn't panic, no panic, and just kept making pitches. And we turned a real nice double play."

In doing so, Colome converted his 17th straight save, breaking the team record to start a season, and extended his personal streak to 16 straight appearances without allowing a run. His 17 saves are second most in the AL.

RHP Jake Odorizzi started for the Rays, a 41-pitch second inning limiting him to five total in what he termed a "mediocre" outing coming off a career-high 120 pitches in his last. Cash said he may have been "a little bit gassed." Odorizzi said, "I didn't have my best stuff, I had to be serviceable."

SMYLY SKIPPED: With open dates today and Monday, the Rays are juggling their rotation to provide struggling LHP Drew Smyly — 1-4, 7.76 with a .341 opponents' average over his past six starts — a physical and mental break.

"It can be used both ways," Cash said. "Physically, he can work on some stuff that he feels he needs to work on."

Smyly's primary problem has been with his off-speed pitches, specifically a lack of finish, which he now will have extra time to work on. Cash said there are no concerns of a recurrence of Smyly's shoulder problems or anything else wrong health-wise. "None whatsoever," he said.

Smyly said he was okay with the plan, which moved his next start from Saturday to Wednesday, giving him nine days between outings. The Rays last month did the same with LHP Matt Moore.

"I hope it helps. I've obviously been in a little slump," he said. "It's more just a chance to give me a quick breather. It's really just a couple extra days."

The Rays will start RHP Matt Andriese on Friday vs. Houston, followed by RHP Chris Archer (pitching on his Saturday Stormtrooper bobblehead day) and Moore.

REHAB REPORT: 2B Logan Forsythe (left shoulder fracture) went 1-for-2 with a walk Wednesday for Triple-A Durham in the first game of a short rehab stint. Depending on how Forsythe, out since being bit by a pitch May 9, responds, he could join the Rays during the weekend series.

That would be a big boost as it would allow Steve Pearce, who had been filling in at second until sidelined with a balky elbow that limited him to pinch-hit duties, to get more time at DH.

MISCELLANY: 3B Evan Longoria, back in the lineup after Tuesday's day off, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … After playing 24 of their past 32 games on the road (and winning 13 of the 24), the Rays play 20 of their next 26 at home. … The Rays were 8-12 in their stretch of 20 straight games. … Former RHP Andy Sonnanstine will rep the team at tonight's draft at MLB Network studios in New Jersey.

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 08:  Alex Colome #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays gestures after closing out the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-3. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) 607679215

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 08: Alex Colome #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays gestures after closing out the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-3. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) 607679215

MLB draft

When: Tonight-Saturday

Rounds: 40

Rays' top picks: 13, 53, 77, 90

Coverage: Tonight, MLB Network, 6 p.m.; Friday, mlb.com, 12:30 p.m.

On Twitter: @MLBDraftTracker, @MLBDraft

Here are the latest guesses for the Rays' 13th pick from some of the experts:

Baseball America: SS Gavin Lux, Indian Trail High, Kenosha, Wis.

ESPN: SS Delvin Perez, International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico

MLB.com: OF Blake Rutherford, Chaminade College Prep, Canoga Park, Calif.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays' Alex Colome shows maturity in working out of jam (w/ video) 06/08/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  4. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  5. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener

    College

    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.