The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 4-2. Ubaldo Jiminez worked seven innings of magic and the Colorado bullpen shut out the potent Yankee offense in the final two. With the loss, the Yankees move to 43-31 on the season.

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  IP H R ER K BB
Jiminez 7 4 2 2 7 4
Burnett 6.1 7 4 4 5 5

 

Although that does look like your typical AJ Burnett stat line, he did a great job of keeping the Yankees in the game. In 6.1 innings, he left eight Rockies stranded. Last year, he would have left zero stranded as they all would have crossed the plate.

Last year’s breakout pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez was back to his old self tonight. He did allow two runs, both RBIs credited to A-Rod, but besides that, he was dominant. He had fastballs that went up to 96 and curves that slowed down to 76. It took him 119 pitches to make it through seven innings, but he did make it.

Also, Troy Tulowitzki. Wow. If I had to start a Major League franchise with a middle infielder not named Robinson Cano, it would certainly be Tulo. He poked a home run in the fifth inning out to right field. With the homer, he now has a five game homer streak in New York – four in his last four in Queens, and tonight in the Bronx.

Key Stats

FOUR!: In the sixth inning, AJ Burnett struck out four batters, with the third strikeout victim reaching base. It was the 53rd time in Major League history it has happened – and the SECOND time Burnett has done it. He K’d four as a Florida Marlin in 2002.  Kind of scary that that isn’t too surprising, being how much of a wild man he is.

In case you were wondering, the only player to strike out four hitters in an inning more than AJ? Chuck Finley, who last did it for the Indians in 2000.

What’s Next?

The Yankees look to take the middle game of the series tomorrow against the Rockies.

1:05, YES. Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.39 ERA)