At Least The Pitching Is Back

May 19, 2011 – 11:48 am

NYY 4, Baltimore 1. Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! With a 1-0 win all but certain going in to the bottom of the ninth, Joe Girardi once again went brain dead and pulled Bartolo Colon, and for that one act of incredible stupidity the Yankees surely deserved to lose this one. And to their credit, they tried mightily, as the Orioles loaded the bases three times in extra innings, but couldn’t score a single runner. Both teams squandered one opportunity after another, with the Yankees going 2-for-15 with RISP (yes, once again) and the Orioles doing only slightly better with 3-for-13.

Bartolo ColonColon deserved oh so much better, as he just continues to amaze with the way he’s pitching this year. Through eight innings he shut out the Orioles on just three hits, striking out seven and walking just one. Five of those innings were three-up-and-three-down, and at one point he retired 13 batters in a row. His command was near perfect, throwing 61 of 87 pitches for strikes, only going to a 3-ball count twice. Incredibly, his fastball was getting faster as the game went on, topping out at 97 MPH in the eighth.

And what can you say about Hector Noesi? Called up five days ago, only to sit on the bench without being used at all, Girardi is forced to go to him as a last resort and he now must hold the Orioles scoreless until the bumbling Yankee hitters can somehow score a run. And that’s exactly what he did for four innings. It wasn’t pretty at times, as he walked four and gave up four hits, loading the bases twice. But for his first major league appearance, a pretty gutsy performance. Hopefully we’ll get to see some more of him in the near future.

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