Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hit shutout for his first shutout in near five years as the he blanked the A’s, 5-0. The Yankees started quickly in the game, plating three runs in the first inning, aided by a Mark Teixeira two-run home run (his 16th) and a Robinson Cano double. With the win, the Yankees improve to 29-23 on the season while the A’s fall to 27-28.

Big Bart Hugging Cisco After The W

 

Recap

The last time Colon threw a complete game shutout? Try July 5, 2006. Colon had it all working today, walking none, allowing only four hits while striking out six. Oakland hitters looked completely baffled as they were shutout for the sixth time this season. Colon worked extremely well with Francisco Cervelli, who was a late minute addition for Russell Martin who was scratched with a sore big toe. This start shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the beefy righty turned in an even more dominant start on May 18th against the O’s (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R) that was spoiled by Mariano Rivera. Colon has shown that he’s proven to getting beat up, allowing six earned runs in only six innings against the Blue Jays in his previous start. Over the long haul, I don’t trust Colon, but as long as he gives the Yankees quality starts, I won’t really care.

Offensively for the Bombers, they had it going early against A’s starter, Trevor Cahill. Teixeira homered in Derek Jeter in the first and Cano plated A-Rod on an RBI double. The Yankees would add addition runs in the 7th and 9th innings on Jeter and Cervelli sac flies.

Key Stats

5: Colon is the fifth Yankee pitcher (38 or older) to throw a complete game shutout.

95 MPH: Colon’s 103rd and final pitch of the game clocked in at 95 MPH.

3.26: Colon’s 2011 ERA.

What’s Next?

The Yankees are 2-2 on their West Coast Trip and will look to carry momentum from today into tomorrow.

Tuesday, 10:05 PM: Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84 ERA)