After giving up a double to Josh Willingham to start the second, Colon dominated the Oakland lineup. He retired twelve straight batters before allowing a single in the sixth.
The Bombers, however, used some small ball in the seventh to pick up another run. Brett Gardner worked a one out walk, and stole second with Francisco Cervelli at the plate. Cervelli, who had a couple close calls with pitches towards his head, walked as well, and they both worked a double steal with Jeter at the plate. The Yankees’ captain drove a sac fly to center, and Gardner sprinted home from third, beating the throw and giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
The Pinstripes picked up another insurance run in the top of the ninth. Nick Swisher lead off with a double and was replaced by Chris Dickerson. Gardner laid down a nice bunt (yes, I actually just wrote that), moving Dickerson to third while the speedy outfielder beat the throw to first. A sac fly from Cervelli plated Dickerson and the Yankees took a 5-0 edge into the bottom of the ninth.
Colon returned for the final inning, giving up a lead off double to Cliff Pennington. Once again, the A’s were unable to capitalize on a lead off hit, as Colon retired the next three batters to secure the Yankees’ victory.
Bronx Cheers: Jorge Posada:The Yankees DH went 0-4 with two strikeouts. June is right around the corner and Posada has yet to pick up a single hit against a left-handed pitcher.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-4 and stranded three runners while striking out once.
Curtain Calls: Bartolo Colon: The veteran pitcher was clearly the player of the game. He went nine innings and gave up just four hits. He did not give up a run or a walk and struck out six. He used just 103 pitches (71 were strikes), meaning Colon averaged about 11.5 pitches per inning.
Robinson Cano: Robbie was the only batter to have more than one hit, going 2-4 with a RBI. He doubled and tripled. He had another questionable fielding play when he initially looked like he was going to make a really nice play, but dropped the ball on the transfer.
Brett Gardner: Gardner went 1-3 with a run scored. His hit was a well-executed bunt, and he added a couple steals. Gardner also made a nice sliding catch in the outfield. Gardner scored on a shallow sac fly, a ball not many other players would have even taken a chance on.
In The On Deck Circle: The Bombers will try to continue their win streak on Tuesday when they send Freddy Garcia to the mound. Garcia is coming off a victory against the Blue Jays, where he pitched 6.1 innings and gave up three runs. Brett Anderson will take the ball for the A’s, as he tries to build on a strong first couple months of his season. The young southpaw is coming off an excellent performance against the Angels. He went eight innings and gave up just three hits and three walks in a scoreless performance. He is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA and a 3.12 FIP. Anderson will have to watch out for Jeter, however, as the Yankees’ captain has hit .429 off him in 14 at bats. Mark Teixeira is 6-12 off the lefty with a homer and six RBIs. First pitch is at 10:05pm in Oakland (at the unfortunately renamed Overstock.com Coliseum).