Rays Get To Colon, Jeter Two Away From 3K

This one was not fun from the start.  Bartolo Colon gave up early runs and the offense just didn’t want to score.  Let’s recap this 5-1 loss:

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  • Bartolo Colon had his worst game as a Yankee tonight.  Home plate umpire Darrell Cousins was reluctant to give him that inside corner to lefties that Bart lives on with his two-seam fastball and he fell apart from there.  It made him live more in the middle of the plate and the Tampa offense made him pay.  He actually limited a lot of damage shown by the ten hits and only five runs allowed in 5.2 innings.  I’m not worried about him and I don’t think he’s starting to expire, his stuff was there, it was just his command failed him.
  • You knew the Bombers weren’t gonna score tonight after the first two innings.  In the first, they had runners on first and third and one out and didn’t score and in the second, they had runners on second and third with one out and didn’t score. After that, they were shut down by Jeff Niemann whose final line was 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 114 PC (66 strikes).  The one run they did manage was on a Robinson Cano solo homer.
  • Hector Noesi threw 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball and struck out four tonight. He should really be down in Scranton so he doesn’t waste away.  It’s a real shame.
  • And of course, how could I not talk about Derek Jeter?  Jeter led off tonight with a double to left center.  His last three hits have actually been doubles that were hit hard which is good, but after that first inning hit, he made four outs, including the last one of the game.

That’s all I have to say about this frustrating loss.  These same tow teams will play again tomorrow night at the Stadium.

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