When you saw the pitching matchup — Bartolo Colon vs. Jered Weaver — you figured it would be an Angels victory, but the Yanks really should have won this game.
In his first at-bat in his first start against a righty, Jesus Montero pulled a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left field to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
Colon was dealing (as was Weaver) until he got into trouble in the fifth. With Peter Bourjos on first and one out, Jeter botched a throw to first on a Jeff Mathis grounder and Bourjos eventually scored to tie it up.
The pitchers continued to deal and A-Rod (who made many a terrific defensive play) drew a one-out walk in the ninth but was pinch-run for with Eddie Nunez, who was caught stealing second. Cano struck out and you could tell the game was all but over.
Aaron Laffey gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth and was pulled in favor of Luis Ayala, who surrendered a single to Vernon Wells (he of the .218/.252/.396 line) and hit Bourjos (on a 1-2 count) to load the bases. Izturis’ sac fly sealed the deal.
It pisses me off that they lost because Colon threw a phenomenal game. He finished with seven innings, six hits, an unearned run and five strikeouts to one walk. I understand they were facing Weaver, but they couldn’t get more than three friggin’ hits?
Oh well, at least the Sox lost too. The Yanks are still 2 1/2 ahead in the division.
In semi-related news: with the bullpen being overworked this past week Girardi said the Philthy or AJ could be moved to the bullpen this weekend.