Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Yankees' Colon tops White Sox's Buehrle
By Doug Padilla
Bartolo Colon allowed one earned run in eight innings against the White Sox on Wednesday.
NEW YORK -- After the first inning, Mark Buehrle was very good Wednesday night against the Yankees.
Including the first inning, the Yankees’ Bartolo Colon was better.
In the early going it looked like the Yankees would simply continue the beating they have put on Buehrle all throughout the left-hander’s career.
His one career victory against the Yankees is his lowest total against any American League team. His 6.38 ERA against the Yankees, which actually dropped a few points Wednesday, is his highest.
After a two-out bloop single from Alex Rodriguez put two runners on base, Robinson Cano lined a three-run home run over the right-field wall. The game would essentially be drama free after that not counting manager Ozzie Guillen’s ejection in the bottom of the first inning.
Buehrle recovered to throw six scoreless innings after the rocky opening frame, but it couldn’t prevent a Yankees victory.
“[A] leadoff walk didn’t help out, but I think when you struggle against a team, stuff like that happens,” Guillen said. “Obviously I saw enough and read enough coming into the game about how bad I’ve pitched against these guys.
“Obviously everybody has that one team you can’t beat and you struggle against, but the leadoff walk and two strikeouts then you make a good pitch on the bloop single then the blast. It just seems like when you’re struggling against a team, stuff like that kind of falls in. I’ll still take that pitch [to Cano]. It was a sinker down and in and obviously that’s his sweet spot.”
Colon looked like he was finally in his Cy Young form of old. He fastball was in the low to mid 90 mph range with movement.
“He was good,” said Gordon Beckham, who went 0-for-3 and is in a 3-for-39 slide. “His two-seamer was very good. It’s one of those things that you’re seeing it at the plate and you think it’s good at the plate and you go in and you look at it on tape and you realize why you thought that.
“He really had a lot of movement tonight and really didn’t throw many pitches other than a fastball but when it’s moving like that it’s just very difficult to hit unfortunately.”
Guillen didn’t know what Colon the White Sox would see. He knew about the right-hander’s recent dominating outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he also remembered when Colon was on the disabled list with the White Sox and nobody could get in contact with him.
“[Did] Bartolo show up today? You guys [are] very lucky,” Guillen said before the game to a member of the New York media. “I thought Bartolo never show up to the ballpark. … Bartolo knows how to pitch. I hope he’s in the ballpark today. Nobody has to look in Arizona somewhere. Bartolo healthy, he will help. … He knows how to pitch.”
Afterward, Guillen was impressed with what he saw from the television in the clubhouse.
“Colon was amazing; Colon was, wow,” Guillen said. “I thought [White Sox pitching coach Don] Cooper was a pretty good pitching coach. I don’t remember seeing him throwing that good since Cleveland, or when he was pitching in Anaheim. I had a very good opportunity to watch the game on TV. It was amazing how that ball had a lot of movement. Buehrle pitched very good. Colon pitched better.”