Friday, July 15, 2011
Bartolo Colon chased out early in big loss
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 16-7 Thursday, as Bartolo Colon was pulled after allowing eight runs in ⅔ of an inning, tied for the shortest start of his career. He’s just the fourth Yankees starter ever to allow eight or more runs in less than an inning.
The only other time Colon lasted less than one inning was during his rookie season in 1997. Amazingly, it’s the 10th time the former Cy Young Award winner has allowed eight runs or more in his career. In the previous nine such starts, he completed at least two innings in every one.
The Blue Jays scored their 16 runs on 20 hits -- both season highs -- and none of them were home runs.
The last time the Yankees gave up 20 or more hits and no home runs in a game of nine innings or fewer was July 13, 1934 in a loss to the Detroit Tigers.
It’s the first time in team history the Blue Jays scored 16 runs without a home run and Toronto is the second team to do so this season (Mets against the Tigers on June 29). Every Blue Jays player who had a plate appearance had at least one hit and scored at least one run.
Coincidentally, it’s the third time since 2007 the Blue Jays have score 14 or more runs without a home run -- and all three games have been wins over the Yankees.
According to Elias, the Yankees allowed the most runs in the first inning after the All-Star break since the Twins allowed 11 to the Tigers in 1982.