The Yankees couldn’t have asked for a better start from Bartolo Colon. The beefy righty gave the Yankees 6.1 innings of two run ball. Colon struck out seven hitters and issued only one walk. Offensively for the Yankees, Mark Teixeira stroked three doubles and Curtis Granderson hit his league-high sixth home run of the season. The Yankees avenged their tough loss from last night and improve to 10-6 on the season.

A Big, Yet Effective Man

Recap

Filling in for the injured Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a throwback performance tonight. His stuff was awesome. He kept mixing his 93-94 MPH fastball in with his sharp curve ball. More impressively, from the second to the fifth inning, Colon retired 12 straight Toronto hitters. Colon struck out seven Toronto hitters, which he hadn’t done in a start since May 4th, 2009. David Robertson came in in-relief of Colon and worked an inning of scoreless ball. Boone Logan recorded the final out of the eighth inning, handing the ball over to Lance Pendleton with a 6-2 lead. Pendleton impressed in his major league debut last Friday against Texas (three perfect innings), but struggled a bit tonight, giving up a hit and a walk. Rafael Soriano came on to get the final two outs of the ball game to record his first save of the year. Mariano Rivera was removed from the closer’s role after his poor performance last night (jk)… He¬†was not used tonight due to a high pitch count last night.

Offensively for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson cranked his sixth home run in the ninth inning, padding the Yankee lead to four. With the home run, Granderson ties Mark Teixeira for the AL home run lead. Speaking of Teixeira, he has looked great in April (six home runs, .638 slugging percentage). He added three more doubles to his hit count tonight. Russell Martin went 2 for 3, raising his average to .314 on the season.

Key Stats:

0 for 8: The Yankees were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, but drove in four of their six runs on ground outs and sac flies.

.491: A-Rod’s on-base percentage

0.00, 9: David Robertson’s 2011 ERA and strike out total in seven innings this season.

What’s Next?

The Yankees have ANOTHER off-day on Thursday, but kick off a three-game set in Baltimore on Friday. Let’s get Big C his first win.

Friday, 7:05 PM: CC Sabathia (0-0, 2.52 ERA) vs. Brad Bergesen (0-2, 3.38 ERA)