Colon Goes The Distance; Yanks Win 5-0Posted: May 30, 2011
The Yankees finally took one from Seattle yesterday to salvage something from that awful series and are now on to the second leg of their west coast trip. Today, they faced Trevor Cahill and the Oakland Athletics and with the bats being pretty cold and Cahill being very good, I wasn’t expecting much. But the offense did their part and Bartolo Colon did his as the Yanks won 5-0.
This was Bartolo Colon’s best start of the season. He had extra rest for that 38-year-old arm and it rewarded the team with a complete game shut out. His final line was 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB, 103 pitches (71 strikes). It was his first complete game since July 5, 2006.
Colon was what he has been this entire year and that is a strike-thrower. He threw a lot of first pitch strikes (23/30) and when Joe Girardi asked him if he could finish the game after the eighth he told the skipper that he could go another two if he needed. This gives the bullpen basically two days off, something they needed with the workloads that Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson are piling up.
The Bomber offense got on the board early as Mark Teixeira had a 2-run homer in the first and Robbie Cano had an RBI double two batters later. Tex continues to be locked in and looks as good as anyone right now. He actually tied Curtis Granderson for the team lead with 16. Derek Jeter and Frankie Cervelli sac flies made it 5-0 which was more than enough for the big man.
Every starter was on base today except for Granderson and Jorge Posada who both went 0-for-4. Jeter went 1-for-3 with a walk, Cano went 2-for-4, and Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner each went 1-for-3 with a walk. It was a good day basically all around for the bats.
So a good start to this series, but it only gets tougher from here. The Yankees will be facing two young, tough lefties in the next two games in Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez. At least the very hot Andruw Jones will get to play though.