Colome again fails to go more than one inning in defeat

by Gary Shelton on April 27, 2017 · 1 comment

in Tampa Bay Rays

Once again, Colome struggled going more than one inning/STEVEN MUNCIE

Once again, Colome struggled going more than one inning/JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 2 a.m.

Remember the stellar bullpen performance of Tuesday night?

Wednesday night? Not so much.

Beckham hit two home runs in the defeat../ANDREW J. KRAMER

Beckham hit two home runs in the defeat../ANDREW J. KRAMER

The Rays let a game slip through their fingers Wednesday night, losing 5-4 in 11 innings. The Rays took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th but could not hold it.

For now, perhaps the Rays should forget about letting closer Alex Colome go more than one inning at a time. For the second time in three outings, Colome tried to go two innings. He was unable to, giving up two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4. Danny Farquhar then walked in Seth Smith with the winning run on four pitches.

"We've asked a lot of him," said manager Kevin Cash. "When the game is on the line, you want your best guy out there."

The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but the Rays came back behind behind Tim Beckham, who had two home runs and a double. Alex Cobb had a throwing error that let in two of the runs.

Beckham has hit .372 in his last 11 games. He has  hit in 10 of the 11.

Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th on a broken-bat single by Jesus Sucre. Colome blew his second save of the week, however. The O's won the series, the third the Rays have lost on the road in three tries.

The Rays committed three errors in the loss.

Starting pitcher Alex Cobb went five innings and allowed eight hits and two earned runs.

Tampa Bay now travels to Toronto, where Blake Snell pitches against Marcus Stroman.

Jesus Sucre (1 of 1)

Sucre's single in the 11th gave the Rays a short-lived lead./JEFFREY S. KING

 

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Rick Martin April 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Disappointing loss, especially after Beckham’s career game. I figure a quarter of all losses were because of poor late inning pitching. Nauseating.

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