Bartolo Colon picked things up right where he left off when he was put on the DL with a strained hamstring. In six innings of work, Colon threw 80 pitches — which was his target for the day — allowing no runs, striking out six, walking none and giving up just five hits. Colon only got into trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Mets loaded the bases, but he induced an inning ending double play to end the threat. In total, Bartolo reaffirmed that the Yankees struck gold picking him up this off season. He figures to be a critical component of the team moving forward, provided the Yankees can keep him healthy.
Dillon Gee for the Mets paced Colon for the first five innings, also allowing no runs. But the wheels came off in the fifth. Curtis Granderson got things going with a home run to one of the deepest parts of CitiField. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez followed up with singles before Robinson Cano drove them in with a triple. Cano then scored on a Nick Swisher sacrifice, making it 4-0 Yankees.
Cory Wade then took over for Colon, who was always going to be limited in his first return appearance. Wade allowed no runs or walks and just two hits over two innings. Sergio Mitre came on to pitch the ninth, further reinforcing my long held belief that he has incriminating evidence against at least Joe Girardi, and probably also Brian Cashman. Mitre let two runs score on one hit and one walk before ending the game.
Apart from the Sergio Mitre sighting, this was a good victory all around. The Yankees got excellent starting pitching, and held around with the Mets starter long enough to get to him in the later innings. Eduardo Nunez added an insurance run on a homer in the ninth. He also had two doubles on the day, bringing his season line to a respectable (small sample sizes and all that) .278/.320/.435. Naturally Derek Jeter and his line of .260/.324/.324 will replace Nunez in the lineup on Monday.
The Yankees wrap things up agains the Mets today at 1pm, wheather permitting. Freddy Garcia takes the mound for the Bombers. The Mets counter with R.A. Dickey.
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