Colon melts down in sixth

Besides a homer to Bautista in the first, Colon was cruising along until the sixth inning tonight. That’s where it all came undone in a 7-3 setback to Toronto.

I’ve never been a huge fan of intentional walks, sometimes they’re a smart play, but two in one inning is just ridiculous. Colon IBBed Bautista and Juan Rivera, and then added an unintentional bases-loaded walk to Eric Thames (no relation) in that monstrosity of an inning. It was ugly…five-run ugly.

If only he could face Baltimore every start.

Oh well, what can you do? It was really only his second clunker of the season in seven starts; the other being that game in Texas. Let’s just hope he comes back strong in his next start and puts this game behind him.

It wasn’t just the starter that stunk, the offense wasn’t hitting either. For a change they decided to have a RISP fail clinic, going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranding eight guys. They had just six hits while Robbie Cano drove in all their runs.

The good:

  • Gardner went 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases (although one probably should’ve been defensive indifference) and is now hitting .380 (19-for-50) with four extra-base hits in his last 15 games since May 8. Now there’s really no reason for him to not be leading off. Jeter, I love you, but for the sake of the team PLEASE accept a demotion in the lineup. You’ve been hitting a little bit recently but not like a top-of-the-order guy.
  • A-Rod went 2-for-4 and moved into sole possession of 57th place on the all-time hits list with his 2,718th hit. Next up: Lou Gehrig at 2,721.
  • Granderson walked three times and scored all the runs. It was just the fourth three-walk game of his career.
  • Random note: on this date in 1995, Mo made his MLB debut…and got rocked as a starter against the Angels: 3 1/3 IP, eight H, five ER as the Yanks got smoked 10-0.

The bad:

  • Jorge Posada. After showing a brief sign of life in the couple of games after he asked out of the lineup, he is now 1 for his last 10 with two walks and three strikeouts (0-for-4 today). Something has got to be done about this. Jorge’s one of my favorite Yanks, but seeing him struggle like this is painful. He hasn’t homered since April 23 (70 at-bats). I say give it another couple of weeks (or so) and if nothing changes call up Montero.
  • Jeter. I hate to bitch after the guy had a solid stretch of hitting recently, especially when he was hitting the ball hard tonight, but he just should not be in the leadoff spot. What the hell. He’s got no business being up there and is costing the team games. As I said before, I love Jeter, but what you did in the past should not dictate how you’re treated as time goes by. Jeet: sac up or GTFO.

Brightside: the Red Sox choked on a fat cock and lost to the Indians so the Yanks are still tied for first in the division with the Loser Rays, who also lost.

CC will be on the mound tomorrow against Ricky Romero in the middle tilt of this set. The game’s at 7:05 and can be seen on My9, which for some reason I hate.

LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!

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Tags: Bartolo Colon Brett Gardner Curtis Granderson Derek Jeter Jorge Posada Robinson Cano

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