Colon dominates A’s in Memorial Day shutout

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Like a boss. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

How did you celebrate Memorial Day? Bartolo Colon honored those who gave their lives defending this country by throwing a complete game shutout, and I doubt you did something as cool as that. The Athletics managed to hit just seven (!!!) balls out of the infield in nine innings, and two of those balls were leadoff doubles that did not come around to score. The final tally: nine innings, four hits, no walks, six strikeouts, eleven ground balls, and just 103 pitches. Amazing. That’s what Colon has been. Amazing.

As for the rest of the team … Mark Teixeira hit a first inning two-run homer, his seventh jack in eleven games. Robinson Cano doubled and tripled, Frankie Cervelli and Brett Gardner each stole two bases, and Nick Swisher even managed to reach base twice (single and a walk). Solid day all around and a textbook win. Great pitching, the long ball, and a few manufactured runs. Everyone’s happy.

The Yankees have won two in a row, four of six, six of nine, and nine of 13. They also held multi-run leads in their two most recent losses, so those games were winnable. RAB will back to normal on Tuesday, when Freddy Garcia gives it a go against Brett Anderson. Here’s the WPA graph and box score of Bartolo gem.

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Betances strong in Trenton win
Looking back at recent complete game shutouts
  • iloveyoubartolo

    For that’s what awesomeness is.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    RAB will back to normal on Tuesday

    What was different?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Lazy ass recaps, mostly.

      • Xstar7

        I miss the leftovers.

      • MikeD

        Oh, well, no problem. We’re more than capable of entertaining ourselves for a bit!

      • David

        Dominican recaps?

        /meme’d

  • Robert

    Badass fatass.

  • Robert

    Badass fat ass.

    • hogsmog

      Bad ass fat ass.

      • Hola!

        Bad-ass, period. Sample’s growing too.

  • Will (the other one)

    Didn’t get to see the full game today, but from the highlights, it looked like Colon’s command today was just absolutely pinpoint. Can anybody verify?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Confirmed. He was living on the corners all afternoon.

      • Will (the other one)

        Sweet. Another phase of my hate-Bart-to-love-Bart transition is complete.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bartolo-mania is in full effect, love it.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Colon for Comeback Player of the Year!

    • Sabermetrically Challenged

      In all seriousness, that’s a legitimate statement. I was pulling for Prior too but I guess the poor guy just couldn’t recover

  • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    I can’t remember the last non CC Yankee to throw a complete game…anyone?

    My guess off the top of my head would be Mussina.

    • FIPster Doofus

      They said Burnett during the telecast.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Addendum: Burnett threw CGs in 2009 and ’10, but both were eight-inning versions in losing efforts. Colon’s the first non-Sabathia Yankee to throw a nine-inning CG in a while.

    • Salty Buggah

      Well, if you mean CGSHO, Wang was the last non-CC one to throw it in 2006. CC had one in 09.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I love Bartolo

    • jayd808

      I love the way he tosses the ball up in the air and catches it with his glove during game delays — just like the little leaguers. Never seen anyone so unassuming and just having fun. Contrast that with the King Felix “attitude” punk.

  • FIPster Doofus

    In terms of individual players across MLB, Colon is so far the best story of the 2011 season, right? To go from not being relevant for six years, spending time away from the majors and coming back to pitch like an ace at the age of 38 is astounding.

    It’s at the point where I’m eagerly anticipating Colon’s next start as soon as one ends. He’s so fun to watch.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Back tied for first place, Boston’s got the easier schedule, but if they end the West Coast Death March within two games of the Red Sox it’d be hard to consider it anything other than a success.

    • Len

      The Red Sox can go in a corner and suck cock for a couple of months. We’re be ready for them in August.

      • swishers fauxhawk

        +27

      • He’brew Beer Rules My Ass

        Are we allowed to tell gay jokes now?

  • http://www.conservationvalue.com Jon G

    Was at the game today – more Yankees fans than A’s fans in the park! Colon was dealin…

    One thing to look for in the next few days: What happens with Posada now that it’s about 6/1? Time to retire? Wait for Montero to catch fire, call him up and get him in the DH slot, catching every few days (in which case, Frankie can be traded and other players get to DH on days Montero catches).

    Something’s gotta change here — the DH slot is a big big hole right now when Jorge’s in there. Yet there’s a young solution in the waiting… The only other possibility right now is to use Jones at the DH more if his bat shows more life than Posada’s. Or call up Vasquez to DH and play first when Tex rests.

    Something’s gotta happen soon with that…

    • MikeD

      Posada was hitting okay in May, and really well for a couple weeks, but seems to have slumped again the last few games. He’s not going to retire. The Yankees would have to cut him, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. His playing time can get substantially reduced. There’s just not pressure coming from below right now. Montero hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire, but if picks his game up, that could change.

      I don’t see Cervelli getting traded. In Martin’s the catcher and Montero is DHing a lot, they will still need a third catcher, or risk losing the DH slot anytime Montero is in the game at DH and they need to move him to catcher. Also, Montero is a poor defensive catcher.

      • YanksFan77

        Reports of Jorge’s revival were greatly exaggerated.

        • http://twitter.com/aviatkin Avi Atkin

          Yep. It was nice to see a solid OBP, but the bat speed hasn’t returned at all.

        • David, Jr.

          The funniest part of it is that he is likely pissed off that he isn’t the starting catcher. Getting old isn’t always easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    I picked up Bartolo the Hutt for my fantasy league and was rewarded with 49 points. Oh YEAH!

  • Kosmo

    Bartolo “Stem Cell“ Colon ! Amazing !

  • jsbrendog

    just remember, i called bartolo comeback player of the year and meant it back in spring training. not that i love to say i told you so or nothin….

  • John

    I wish you guys would use a different photo than lohud for your thread titles!

  • David, Jr.

    Every team has a secret weapon type of player, and ours is Gardner. He is a spectacular fielder, and who else on the planet would have scored on that sac fly?

    • rek4gehrig

      Good point. I was amazed that he went

  • rek4gehrig

    I just discovered a new hearthrob in the Bart