Colon Not Sharp, Rangers Win 7-5

After a very nice win on Friday night, the Yankees sent Bartolo Colon to take the hill against Derek Holland.  I was sure with the momentum they had from the night before and a red hot pitcher, they would start a streak, but Bart didn’t have it and New York lost a crazy one 7-5.

(LM Otero/AP)

So as I said before, Colon didn’t have last night.  He still had the velocity, but his control was not close to where it has been.  Before this start, he threw a lot of quality strikes and worked efficiently, but last night it was just strikes.  His final line would be 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 76 pitches (47 strikes) while earning a no decision.  He allowed all of his runs in the first two innings, and settled nicely over the next couple of innings.  However, it was his worst start yet.

(AP)

Boone Logan was called upon to get the last two outs of the fifth and got them.  However, in the sixth he stayed in and allowed two runners to score and lost the game.  After the game, he said he doesn’t want anyone to give up on him, but if he continues to not be able to retire the last three hitters in a lineup, we’re going to have to.

The rest of the bullpen was pretty good.  David Robertson gave up two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings and Joba threw a scoreless eighth.  At least So and Mo got nights off.

Offensively, the Yanks did what they have done all season.  They scored early and then couldn’t score late when it counted.  After being down 5-0 after two, I was sure the game was over, but I was wrong.  In the third, Mark Teixeira hit an RBI single and Robbie Cano had a bases loaded triple to make it 5-4.  In the fifth, Nick Swisher hit his second homer of the season to tie it up at 5.

(AP)

The lineup did do a good job of making Derek Holland work.  He threw 77 pitches in three innings before being pulled and even walked five.  Then, they were only able to get one run off of Brett Tomko in 2.1 innings and then nothing the rest of the way.  In fact they got two hits six innings off of the Texas pen.

So, to be blunt, this was a pretty bad game.  For the first time in a few weeks, they didn’t have starting pitching and coincidently, it ended with a loss.  In the rubber game it will be CC Sabathia against Alexi Ogando with first pitch at 2;05 on YES.

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