Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Colon Struggles as Yanks Fall 7-3

It was a rare rough start for Bartolo Colon in the Bronx tonight. In six innings the right-hander allowed six runs on seven hits, walked four, and struck out eight. He was pretty good over the first five, allowing just one run on Jose Bautista's league-leading 19th home run of the year, but then in the sixth, it all fell apart as the Jays were able to plate five.

After loading the bases with one out in the inning, Aaron Hill broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single. Colon then walked Eric Thames to make it 3-1 and the next batter, J. P. Arencibia, cleared the bases with a double to the wall in right-center.

Carlos Villanueva was sharp over five innings for the Jays, holding the Yanks to just one run on two hits and walk, while fanning five. The lone run scored against him came in the 4th on a sac fly by Robinson Cano. They picked up individual runs in the sixth and eighth off the Jays relievers--both also driven in by Cano--but overall it was a pretty disappointing night for the offense. As a team they left eight men on, and went 2-for-15 with RISP.

Tampa and Boston both lost as well, so nothing changes in the standings (It's way too early for this, I know).

Game two of this three-game set is tomorrow night, with CC Sabathia facing Ricky Romero. First pitch is 7:05 PM.


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