Bartolo Colón gives up four runs in Rochester debut

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 28: Bartolo Colon
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 28: Bartolo Colon /

Bartolo Colón made his first start with AAA Rochester on Thursday night.

The Big Sexy was causing a big stir on Twitter on Thursday night. So much of a stir that little ol’ Bartolo Colón had people a time zone away enthralled with a AAA baseball game. Thursday marked the first start in the Minnesota Twins organization for Bartolo Colón and it didn’t go as smoothly as hoped.

Colón only went 3.2 innings in his start and he threw 76 pitches in that effort. First the good news, in the 3.2 innings, Colón did strikeout five opponents. Colón did allow four runs on four hits and two walks, though.

The start was a road start for Colón as the Red Wings traveled to take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pigs even made a Big Sexy sandwich for the occasion that was available for purchase.

Initially, it was looking good for Colón. The first batter Colón faced flew out to right and the second batter grounded out to third. Then it unraveled a bit with two straight doubles for the Pigs which scored a run. Colón did end the inning with a strikeout of former Twins player Pedro Florimon.

The second inning went much better for Colón. Colón got the first batter to pop out to centerfield and then went on to strikeout the next two batters for a nice one-two-three inning.

The third inning saw another earned run via Colón. Again, Colón got the first two outs of the inning via a fly out to center and a pop out to second, but the third batter of the inning hit a solo homer to give the Pigs a 2-0 lead. The third out was recorded via a fly out to right.

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Colón got into the fourth inning and the beginning of the inning was not a clean one. The first batter of the inning walked. With Florimon up again, the runner advanced to second on a botched pickoff attempt throw from Colón. The runner then advanced to third on a passed ball credited to John Ryan Murphy. Florimon then drew a walk himself. The batter after Florimon, Andrew Pullin, then hit a two-run double to make it 4-0 Pigs. Colón would face two more batters and strike both out before he was pulled from the game.

It was rumored about Twins circles that Colón’s next start would be Tuesday with the Twins at Target Field against the New York Yankees. That is still possible, but maybe a little more in the air after a four earned runs allowed performance from Big Sexy.

The Red Wings did lose the game to the IronPigs, which is a great team name, 6-1.

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