Yanks Cause Split In 6-2 WinPosted: April 21, 2011
After the Yankees lost a game they should have won on Tuesday night, they came out last night looking for a split with Bartolo Colon making his first start of the season. There was a lot of speculation whether he would be able to last long enough or if he would be able to get it done in general, but he proved he could and the Yanks got the W 6-2.
Colon was very good. He was able to do the things he has been doing since Spring Training. He threw strikes, threw hard, and mixed up his pitches. He had that very good 2-seamer going against both lefties and righties and also a very nice change up. On the last podcast, Rob and I talked about Colon’s decrease of velocity over his first three appearances. However, he had it going on last night.
His final line was 6.2 innings, two runs, five hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts on 89 pitches. He worked very economically and still managed to strike out a good amount of people. This was also the third time a Yankee starter has worked into seventh inning so he really did just about everything that Joe Girardi could have wished for.
David Robertson came in and finished the seventh and also got two outs in the eighth before he was taken out for Boone Logan who was able to get Adam Lind to end the inning. It was up for debate as to who was going to pitch the ninth with a 5-2 lead after Mariano Rivera’s first meltdown last night and a lot of the back end guys getting overworked, but the offense scratched out another run in the top half of the inning to make it a little easier. Lance Pendleton came on to start the ninth, but gave up a walk and a double while only recording one out, so Girardi went to Rafael Soriano to finish it off and he earned his first save.
Offensively, the Bombers were actually pretty good and only scored one run off of the home run. In the first, Robinson Cano had a RBI ground out to make it 1-0. In the second, Curtis Granderson tripled Russell Martin in and then Derek Jeter grounded him in to make it 3-0 after two. In the fifth, they got back to back sacrifice flies from Alex Rodriguez (back in the lineup) and Cano to make it 5-1. In 5-2 game in the ninth, Granderson homered off of Frank Francisco to make it 6-2 and give the Yanks extra insurance. It looks as though he climbing out of his slump as his batting average has jumped from .194 to .273 in the last week.
So overall it was a pretty good night as the Yankees showed that they can score in other ways besides the homer. Also, Bartolo Colon showed that maybe he should have earned a spot in the rotation out of Spring Training with a very strong outing. The team now has another day off on Thursday and then goes down to Camden Yards for the first time to take on the Orioles in a three game weekend set.