Rays win in 10th after Cobb shines, Colome falters

by Gary Shelton on June 28, 2017 · 2 comments

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Dickerson had two more hits for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Dickerson had two more hits for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 2 a.m.

Following the latest mushroom cloud caused by reliever Alex Colome, manager Kevin Cash suggested that he wasn't going to read anything into his closer's latest struggles.

Perhaps, however, it is time for a little light perusal.

Colome had his third straight rough outing Tuesday night, giving up the tying runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a ninth-inning meltdown. The Rays came back to win anyway, 4-2 in 10 innings, but not before Colome allowed Pittsburgh to tie things.

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Beckham turned a nice double play in the sixth inning./JEFFREY S. KING

Beckham turned a nice double play in the sixth inning./JEFFREY S. KING

In his last three appearances, Colome has allowed seven runs on seven hits, four walks and two hit batters.

“Alex had a rough inning,” said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. “He's had a rough couple of outings. We're not going to read too much into it. He's allowed to go through some lumps like a lot of our players

He'll get through it. We're confident in that.”

This time, Colome was unable to close out a superb pitching performance by Alex Cobb, who through eight shutout innings and allowed only two hits. He had a no-hitter through six. But, scoring rules being what they are, Colome actually got the win in the game.

“That's why he's here,” Cash said of the decision to let Colome have a chance to close the game. “He's there to finish games for us.”

Cash saw his team blow a lead, come from behind../JEFFREY S. KING

Cash saw his team blow a lead, come from behind../JEFFREY S. KING

The Rays got a good night from their new shortstop, Adeiny Hechaviarra. Hechaviarra made a diving catch in the second, then rose to throw out Josh Bell.

“I thought it was one of the best plays I've ever seen,” Cash said of the play to throw out Bell.

Later, Hechaviarra drove in runs in the eighth and 10th to contribute to the win. Steven Souza Jr. scored from first when David Freese made an error on ball hit by Wilson Ramos.

Corey Dickerson had two more hits for the Rays, upping his average to .332.

“It obviously all starts with Alex Cobb,” Cash said. “It was just an outstanding performance on his part. He was dominating. He did everything you'd want to see a starting pitcher do.”

Blake Snell makes his returns to the Rays' lineup tonight, facing the Pirates' Ivan Nova.

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Larry Beller June 28, 2017 at 5:27 am

Hopefully the bosses in the front office will explain to Cash what he is not seeing. Just 2 days ago Cash said he needs to stop using Colome in the 8th inning because it’s asking too much of him. But last night he had Colome warming up again in the 8th even though Cobb was pitching so well and Colome is obviously struggling. Then for the 9th the options are let your starter who is pitching great finish the game or bring in your closer who is in a horrible slump. He chooses the closer and it almost cost the Rays a demoralizing defeat. Gary, can you defend that logic?

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Gary Shelton June 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

I cannot. Still, three innings, seven runs? Even warming up in the eighth, Colome has to do better than that or it’s over.

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