Bart Falls Apart In Sixth, Yanks Lose 7-3

Heading into this series, the Yankees had won five of their last six and had looked a lot better and I figured with Bartolo Colon on the bump tonight, it would be six of their last seven.  But it was the first time a team was facing him for the second time and maybe that caught up with him in this 7-3 loss.

(Barton Silverman/The New York Times)

Colon was good, but made two mistakes.  First of all, he allowed Jose Bautista to beat him almost right away.  As the third batter of the game and on the second pitch of the game, Bautista took Bart deep on a fastball that couldn’t catch the outside corner.  This was his nineteenth of the year and tonight proved how tough he is to get out as he went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.

(Corey Sipkin/News)

The second mistake came in the sixth and it really was a series of mistakes.  In this inning, he lost control of his fastball and actually walked in a run and gave up two big hits.  He was tagged for five runs in the frame and it really opened the door for the Jays.  In those middle innings, however, he was fantastic and really settled down only allowing a walk and a hit.

His final line would be 6 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB (2 IBB), 8 K while throwing 102 pitches (64 strikes).  I’m not too worried about him though because he was still throwing the ball well, but it was just his control that left him.

Hector Noesi then came on for the final nine outs and did a good job of saving the bullpen and giving the big guns a breather.  Noesi allowed two hits and one run in his three frames and looked pretty good.  I’d still rather see him in Scranton.

Offensively, the Bombers were pretty bad.  They once again were awful with runners in scoring position going 2-for-15 and scored their two runs on a sac fly and on a fielder’s choice error.  In this inning (the sixth), they then had first and second with one out, but Russell Martin and Jorge Posada couldn’t get it done.

He also had two K's. (Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger)

The two big nights came out of Alex Rodriguez, who went 2-for-4, and Curtis Granderson, who went 0-for-2 but with three walks and three runs scored and a stolen base.  Derek Jeter went 0-for-5, but hit the ball hard twice, but it was just caught both times.  It was just a tough night and they were kind of buried before they could get anything going.

So it wasn’t the best of nights for Barty Colon or the rest of the Yankees, but at least the Red Sox and Rays also lost so we still have first place.  Anyway, at least we have a hot CC on the mound tomorrow and hopefully he can make it six wins in eight games.

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