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Bartolo Colon Impressive in Yankees' 6-2 Win Over Blue Jays

Big boy can pitch.
Big boy can pitch.

Bartolo Colon was brilliant in his first start since July of 2009, nearly 21 months ago. He showed command of four different pitches, struck out seven, and walked only two in 6.2 strong innings. He was efficient and even overpowering at times, touching 94 mph with his four-seamer. At one point, Colon had retired twelve Blue Jays in a row, and after an infield single ended that streak, a smooth Robinson Cano tag-and-throw double play quickly erased that runner. 

David Robertson entered in the seventh and allowed an inherited runner to score, but otherwise was solid, striking out two while allowing two hits. Bonne Logan was called upon to get the final out of the eighth, and did, getting Adam Lind to fly out to Andruw Jones.

The ninth inning wasn't exactly clean, as Lance Pendleton left Rafael Soriano with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Soriano walked the first batter he faced, bringing the tying run to the plate. He then got John McDonald to pop out and Yunel Escobar to fly out to Curtis Granderson to finally end the threat. 

On to the offense.

So far this season, most of the Yankee runs have come via the long ball, but tonight did not follow suit. A Robinson Cano groundout made it 1-0 in the first. In the second inning, a Curtis Granderson triple made it 2-0, and a Jeterian ground out made it 3-0. In the fifth inning, two sacrifice flies off the bats of Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano made it 5-1, and finally, Curtis Granderson's 9th inning home run made it 6-2.

The offense was relatively quiet outside of Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin. The trio combined for seven of the nine hits, five of which were of the extra base variety.

Derek Jeter's struggles continued, as he went 0-5 and left three on base, dropping his batting average to .219. Jorge Posada, Andruw Jones, and A-Rod also went hit-less.

Box Score.

Play of the Game: Curtis Granderson's second inning triple increased the Yankees' chances of winning by 12.8%.

Comment of the Game: Wraithpk's comment about Colon's "Nasty Factor."

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