Colon Dominates A’s in 5-0 Victory

Game recap from’s Bryan Hoch:

OAKLAND — The Yankees had absolutely no expectations for Bartolo Colon when he arrived in camp this spring, but by now they’ve figured this out: When he’s on, expect plenty of zeroes.

Colon again recaptured his old form on Monday, dominating the Athletics for nine scoreless innings as the Yankees posted a 5-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The A’s lineup seemed to be consistently flailing at everything the 37-year-old Colon fired their way, as the right-hander limited Oakland to just four hits while striking out six.

Wearing Stars & Stripes Memorial Day caps in the field, the Yankees provided Colon with all of the support he’d need in the first inning, getting to Trevor Cahill for three runs.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a single, his 2,981st career hit. The captain was aboard when Mark Teixeira homered for the fourth time in five games — a two-run shot to right field, his 16th.

Robinson Cano followed an Alex Rodriguez walk with a run-scoring double to right-center field before being cut down on an outfield assist rounding second base.

Against an Oakland lineup that has less homers (30) than Teixeira and Curtis Granderson (16) combined, the lead held up, even as Cahill settled in and limited the Yankees to just one hit over the next six innings.

With Cahill’s pitch count climbing in the seventh, the Yankees manufactured a fourth run. Brett Gardner walked, stole second, executed a double steal with Francisco Cervelli and scored on a Jeter sacrifice fly.

Cahill allowed four runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out two before yielding to Craig Breslow.

Working efficiently, Colon allowed only a second-inning Josh Willingham double that struck the wall in right-center field and then a sixth-inning Kevin Kouzmanoff single. Kurt Suzuki had an infield single in the eighth and was promptly erased on a double play, while Cliff Pennington hit a leadoff double in the ninth.

It was a solid bounce-back for Colon, who was commanding two starts ago on May 18 over eight scoreless innings in Baltimore but allowed a season-high six runs to the Blue Jays on May 23. It was Colon’s first complete game since July 5, 2006, when he was a member of the Angels.


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   5 7 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0


Jeter, SS 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .259
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .258
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .277
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .284
Posada, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .169
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .212
1-Dickerson, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Gardner, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .255
Cervelli, C 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .200
Totals 30 5 7 5 5 5 8 .253
Colon(W, 3-3) 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 3.26
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 3.56

About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on May 30, 2011, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Another good game by Jeter during the day. BallPark’s theory on Jeter’s decline is that he can’t see the ball well at night due to advancing age.

    Checking the numbers bears this out. Throughout Jeter’s career, there was no difference in his production. Entering the 2010 season, Jeter was a Career .320 hitter in Day games and .315 during Night games.

    Since then his #s are as follows:

    Day 287 Abs .317-.388-.452-.840 33 walks – 7 hr
    Night 586 Abs .242-.300-.318-.618 48 walks – 5 hr

    That is a huge difference and shows that Jeter is still producing at his career levels during Day games but is clearly a shell of himself at Night.

    I don’t know if anything can be done with glasses/contacts to improve night vision or if it is irreversible due to age (most likely).

    But based on this reality, Girardi has to start resting Jeter during some night games against RH pitchers. Doing so will keep Jeter fresh, productive AND allow Eduardo Nunez an opportunity to show if he can be the SS of the future. DJ might not like playing 110-120 games per yr but he has to accept this reality if he wants to be productive in his upper 30s.

  2. Wow great way to start off with your first post Fishjam on the new site. So much good information. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

    Come back and comment often. Hope you had a nice weekend.

  3. SO PROUD…of you guys. Exciting, upbeat site…great! All the best to you rascals.

  4. Welcome Patrick. Thank you very much.

  5. The extra nano-second needed to pick up the ball out of the pitcher’s hand at night is a nano second that Jeter’s reflexes have lost due to age. He’ll never get it back and in a season or two he will lose another nano second which will affect his day time hitting.

    As Ken CA knows:

    = you cant beat father time
    = getting old isn’t for sissies
    = Depends dont come with Pinstripes

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