This one was over in a hurry, as two strong starters were throwing strikes and working quickly. Mark Buehrle was good over seven innings of work, but Bartolo Colon was better. The portly right-hander pitched eight dominant innings of one-run baseball, allowing seven hits and just one walk on 99 pitches.
Colon improved his ERA to 2.77 on the season and has looked flat-out dominant in his two starts this season. Colon’s fastball continued to show late life in the zone, and was clocked as high as 97mph on the YES gun. He mixed in the occasional breaking pitch to keep the White Sox hitters off-balance. Those hitters looked helpless against him.
If the story of the game was Colon’s brilliance, then the storyline that will probably be overlooked is the continued silence of the Yankee bats. In three games against the ChiSox the Yankees have managed a combined five runs. All of tonight’s damage came in the first inning when Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run, scoring Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees were scoreless after that as Buehrle got his act together, but the damage was done.
Mariano Rivera came on to pitch the ninth. After blowing consecutive saves in his last two appearances, it was refreshing to see Rivera return to form. He was perfect on 23 pitches to pick up the save, with one strikeout. Every season Mo usually struggles once or twice before straightening himself out. Hopefully his appearance in the ninth in this one was the start of another long stretch dominance.
The other storyline from this is that Mark Teixeira was pulled late from the game for Eric Chavez. Apparently Tex’s shoulder was a little sore when he woke up before the game, but nothing else. River Ave. Blues is reporting that there are no tests scheduled so Tex should be fine.
The Yankees look to split the four-game set tomorrow. CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Bombers against Edwin Jackson. Normally I’d say this one strongly favors the Yankees, except the hitters aren’t hitting. Hopefully they can get it together in support of their ace.