Yanks Spoil Colon Outing; Win In 15

Once this game went into extra innings, I was sure the Orioles were going to win it.  They had the momentum and the Yankees had a depleted bullpen with both Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson unavailable.  But somehow, someone got a hit in a clutch situation and they pulled out a 4-1 win in fifteen innings.

(AP Photo)

This game was a tale of two games.  It started with Bartolo Colon who was outstanding for the first time in a few starts.  He went eight innings yielding no runs, three hits, and one walk while striking out seven.  He was back to throwing quality strikes and was his economical self only throwing 87 pitches (61 strikes) through the eight frames.  He actually threw only 68 pitches in seven.

On fire. (AP Photo)

This brought up a very controversial call for Joe Girardi make.  Colon had allowed a runner to get to third and had struggled a little with his command in the eighth and he had a basically fresh Mariano Rivera in the pen.  If it was me, I would have gone with Colon and I realize it’s easier to say that in hindsight, but he was on a roll and deserved the chance, even if Girardi took it batter by batter.  But instead he went to the best reliever in the game, something you can’t really blame him for.

So Mo came in and gave up the 1-0 lead he had, but didn’t give up the game.  he actually somehow only managed to throw nine pitches, which i guess is really just classic Mo.  Luis Ayala then came on and pitched a scoreless tenth and stayed for the eleventh and allowed the bases loaded with one out when Girardi went to Boone Logan to face the lefty Luke Scott.

Logan was able to strike out Scott and then got Matt Weiters to fly out to end the frame.  This was a big performance by him with Randy Flores now lurking in Triple A.  After this, Hector Noesi finally made his Major League debut in his second stint with the big league club.  He went four scoreless innings and allowed four hits and four walks.  He actually struck out the first two batters he faced, but then came back down to reality.  He was good enough although i feel bad he had to make his debut in these circumstances.

(AP Photo)

Offensively, the Yankees were very quiet.  They were a horrid 2-for-15 with RISP and somehow manged to win when the O’s went 3-for-13 in these situations.  The Yanks scored their first run in the top of the fourth on a Nick Swisher sac fly which was actually an unearned run against Baltimore starter Zach Britton who phenomenal.

Scary moment. (AP Photo)

They had a chance to go ahead in the twelfth when Derek Jeter came up with runners on second and third with two out, but grounded out.  They had another in the thirteenth when they had the bases loaded with one out for Chris Dickerson and Brett Gardner and couldn’t score.  They finally came through in the fifteenth with a Robinson Cano 2-run triple.  They got another run on a sac fly for their fourth run before putting it away in the bottom half.

Dickerson was hit in the head in this inning which got Mike Gonzalez ejected and forced Buck Showalter to go Jeremy Guthrie, tonight’s scheduled starter.  Dickerson went for a precautionary CT scan and hopefully all checks out.  It will be interesting to see what Baltimore does about their starting spot tonight.

This was a very scary game, but everything worked out.  CC Sabathia needs to be on his game tonight and give the pen a much needed day off.  He will try to come through tonight when these same two teams play again tonight at 7:05 on the YES network as the Yanks go for the mini sweep.

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