Yanks Get Back On Track; Win 3-1

After two very pitiful losses to the Chicago White Sox to open up a seven game home stand, the mentality for the Yankees tonight had to be to just win.  Luckily for them they had the red hot Bartolo Colon toeing the rubber while the Sox had a cold Mark Buehrle.  In a very short two hours and eleven minutes, the Yanks took the game and got back on track by a score of 3-1 in a very familiar fashion.

(Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger )

Bartolo Colon was the story of this game.  I was very interested to see how he would respond after his first start of the season and he proved that he was able to throw well after pitching almost seven innings last week.  His line tonight was 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, and 99 economic pitches (65 strikes).

He looked as good as guy could look and was lighting up the radar gun.  His 94th pitch of the game was clocked at 96 mph.  Not only is he throwing the ball hard though, but he is changing speeds very effectively.  The only two jams he got into were in the second when he the bases were loaded with nobody out and got out of it without allowing a run and then in the sixth when he gave up three straight singles which yielded the only Chicago run.  Another great performance by him and hopefully he continues to surprise critics.

The big guy topped out at just above 96. What a beast.

Thanks to Colon’s strong outing, Joe Girardi didn’t really have to worry about overusing for the bullpen.  He just had to go to Mariano Rivera who nailed down his eighth save of the season in 1-2-3 fashion.  It was nice to see him get back on track after blowing back-to-back saves.  His velocity wasn’t what it was during the blown saves, but his control was much better so I’ll take it.  It was also nice to see Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Joba Chamberlain all get days off.

Robinson Cano got the Yankees on the board in the first with a 3-run line drive home run.  After that, Buehrle had them guessing and really settled down.  The bottom of three in the Yankees lineup (Jorge Posada, Russell Martin, Curtis Granderson) combined to 0 for 9 which wasn’t great.  Even with this win, the Yankee offense still isn’t out of the funk it was in.

Ozzie being tossed in the first. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

So overall, it was a great night.  It was the fifth straight solid outing out of a Yankee starter, something that is very good to see out of the a rotation that started out slow.  Tomorrow night behind their ace, the Yanks will go for the split in a 7:05 first pitch on YES.

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