Chiefs clobber Colome, Bulls
Alex Colome’s remarkable start came to a crashing halt Saturday as the Durham Bulls suffered one of their worst losses in years.
The Syracuse Chiefs scored 11 runs in the second inning and crushed the Bulls 16-3 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It was the first time Durham (43-34) allowed at least 10 runs in an inning since Gwinnett scored 10 at the DBAP on April 17, 2011, and the first time it allowed 15 runs in a game since a 17-2 loss to Norfolk three months later.
After being suspended for the first 50 games of the season because he testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Colome (3-1) had allowed only two runs in 26.2 innings in his first four starts with Durham. But he was clobbered by the Chiefs (45-30), who have the best record in Triple-A baseball and have won all six games against the Bulls.
Colome allowed nine runs in 1.1 innings and saw his ERA rise from 0.67 to 3.54.
The lopsided score could have actually been much worse – Syracuse left 12 runners on base in the first five innings and 16 in the game. Chiefs leadoff hitter Will Rhymes had four at-bats before Bulls leftfielder Ray Olmedo came up for the first time, 89 minutes into the game.
Seventeen batters came to the plate during the 44-minute top half of the second inning. The first six Chiefs reached safely before Colome struck out Tyler Moore. But Jhonatan Solano followed with a two-run single off the Blue Monster to make it 7-1, and Colome was finally pulled after walking the next batter on four pitches.
Reliever Doug Mathis couldn’t limit the damage. He walked No. 9 hitter Josh Johnson on four pitches with the bases loaded, and then allowed a two-run single by Rhymes to make it 10-1. Rhymes, a former Bull, was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the second inning.
Steven Souza Jr.’s two-run single made it 12-1. When rightfielder Justin Christian ran down a drive by Solano with the bases loaded and two outs, the Bulls received a sarcastic standing ovation by some of the 9,329 in attendance.
A two-error inning gifted Syracuse another run in the fourth, though Vince Belnome provided a rare highlight for Durham with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Infielder Robby Price made his third pitching appearance of the season in the ninth. He gave up three runs on five hits, though he wasn’t helped when leftfielder Ray Olmedo dropped a shallow fly with two outs.
That play provided one last embarrassment for the Bulls, who matched a season high with their fifth straight loss.
NOTES – RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-2, 12.60) continues his MLB rehab assignment tonight against Syracuse RHP Blake Treinen (3-0, 2.17). The game starts at 5:05 p.m. … The Bulls wore pink jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Syracuse Chiefs (45-30) 16, Durham Bulls (43-34) 3
June 21, 2014
Team ER: off Syracuse 3, off Durham 15.
BB: off Simmons, Ja (Mahtook), Stange (Christian), Delcarmen (Figueroa, C), off Colome 2 (Walters, Z, Laird), Mathis 4 (Johnson, Jo, Walters, Z, Goodwin, Souza), Riefenhauser (Lozada).
SO: by Simmons, Ja 5 (Belnome, Belnome, Solis, Betemit, Solis), Stange (Belnome), Delcarmen 3 (Olmedo, Lee, H, Mahtook), by Colome 2 (Souza, Moore, T), Mathis 3 (Goodwin, Walters, Z, Moore, T), Gomes, B (Rhymes), Lueke (Goodwin), Riefenhauser (Rhymes).
HB: Walters, Z (by Colome), Walters, Z (by Gomes, B).
Pitches-strikes: Simmons, Ja 86-62, Stange 21-11, Delcarmen 28-18, Colome 56-36, Mathis 72-41, Gomes, B 31-23, Lueke 8-6, Riefenhauser 20-12, Beliveau 14-10, Price 33-24.
Inherited runners-scored: Mathis 2-2, Gomes, B 2-1, Beliveau 2-0.
Umpires: HP: David Soucy. 1B: Carlos Torres. 3B: Joey Amaral.
Official Scorer: Brent Belvin.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, L to R.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 21, 2014