THE ARMS HAVE IT
Alex Colome, Durham’s Dominican Republic-born pitcher, recruited translation help from a teammate to put his stellar pitching night into English on Thursday.
Colome, though, did utter one English word that summed up his situation — “Hungry.”
A right-hander who started his season late after serving a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, Colome tossed eight scoreless innings and picked up his first win Durham’s 2-0 win over Pawtucket before a crowd of 9,609 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
“Colome was a big-leaguer tonight,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said.
In his second start for Durham since serving his suspension for use of a performance-enhancing drug, Colome ran his scoreless innings streak to 13 ⅔ innings. In his minor-league appearances this season, including time at Class A Port Charlotte (Fla.), Colome has pitched 22 ⅔ consecutive scoreless innings.
On Thursday night against Pawtucket, Colome was touched for four singles in eight innings while issuing one walk. He struck out seven and no Pawtucket baserunner reached second base safely against him.
“Every pitch was working,” Colome said. “I was working down in the zone and it felt really good.”
Pawtucket reached Colome for a single and a walk in the first inning, but a double play in between helped Durham keep the Red Sox off the scoreboard.
That was one of three double plays the Bulls recorded in the game.
Pawtucket’s Corey Brown singled in the second inning, but was erased trying to steal second on the pitch on which Colome struck out Dan Butler to end the inning. That play started a stretch where Colome retired 11 consecutive Pawtucket batters.
After falling behind hitters over the first two innings, Colome began consistently getting ahead of hitters. He was successful using his fastball, which topped out at 96 mph, while mixing in biting breaking pitches.
“The first three innings I was a little bit too excited,” Colome said. “Rushing a little bit with everything. In the third inning, I slowed it down.”
Durham broke the scoreless tie in the eighth inning after Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright had departed.
Facing Dalier Hinojosa, Hak Ju-Lee singled to start the rally. Cole Figueroa popped out on a bunt attempt, but Hinojosa walked Mikie Mahtook. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Hinojosa subsequently issued an intentional walk to Wilson Betemit to load the bases with one out.
Justin Christian smashed a hard-hit ground ball to third base, but the ball bounced off Pawtucket’s Garin Cecchini and into foul territory for a single that put Durham up 1-0. Vince Belnome’s sacrifice fly to centerfield drove in Mahtook with the inning’s second run for a 2-0 Bulls lead.
Durham closer Kirby Yates had only allowed one run all season. His scoreless innings streak appeared in jeopardy when Shannon Wilkerson tripled to start the ninth inning before Yates walked Mookie Betts.
But Yates struck out Cecchini looking, induced a harmless pop up to shortstop from Ryan Roberts and ended the game by retiring Travis Shaw on a fly to center.
That gives Yates 16 saves in 16 appearances for the Bulls while he’s thrown 12 consecutive scoreless innings for the second time this season.
NOTES — Durham and Pawtucket complete their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Enny Romero, coming off his best outing of the season, looks to improve on his 3-5 record and 5.50 ERA for Durham. Pawtucket will start righty Anthony Ranaudo (5-4, 3.09) ... Four Durham players are in line to start for the International League All-Stars according to the latest online voting totals Thursday. Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau occupy the top two slots at relief pitcher, while Mikie Mahtook is second in the outfield (top three start) and Wilson Betemit leads at designated hitter. Voting continues through June 27. The Triple-A All-Star Game, pitting the International League against the Pacific Coast League, is July 16 at the DBAP.
Durham Bulls (37-25) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox (29-33) 0
June 5, 2014
|Roberts, R, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.267|
|Shaw, T, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.233|
|Brown, C, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Butler, D, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.200|
|McCoy, M, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.186|
|Wright, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
3B: Wilkerson (1, Yates).
TB: Shaw, T; Wilkerson 4; Brown, C; Betts.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Shaw, T.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 4.
CS: Brown, C (1, 2nd base by Colome/Acosta, M).
DP: (Wright, S-Butler, D-Shaw, T).
|Lee, H, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.220|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.277|
|Nix, J, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.217|
|Acosta, M, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.150|
2B: Nix, J (6, Wright, S).
TB: Fontenot; Acosta, M; Lee, H; Belnome; Christian; Nix, J 2.
RBI: Christian (20), Belnome (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Figueroa, C 2; Acosta, M 2; Nix, J.
GIDP: Lee, H.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Nix, J (2, 3rd base off Wright, S/Butler, D), Fontenot (4, 2nd base off Wright, S/Butler, D).
Outfield assists: Christian (Wilkerson at 1st base).
DP: 3 (Lee, H-Fontenot-Betemit, Acosta, M-Fontenot, Christian-Betemit).
|Hinojosa (L, 0-4)||1.0||2||2||2||2||0||0||5.40|
|Colome (W, 1-0)||8.0||4||0||0||1||7||0||0.00|
|Yates (S, 16)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.36|
IBB: Betemit (by Hinojosa).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, S 103-59, Hinojosa 21-7, Colome 96-64, Yates 23-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, S 7-3, Hinojosa 0-2, Colome 5-5, Yates 0-1.
Batters faced: Wright, S 27, Hinojosa 7, Colome 26, Yates 5.
Umpires: HP: Tom Honec. 1B: Max Guyll. 3B: A.J. Johnson.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 5, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media