Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yankees defeat White Sox behind Bartolo Colon

The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox last night by the score of 3-1.  Bartolo Colon continues to impress pitching eight innings giving up one run, walking one and striking out seven.  It was his longest outing since 2007.  Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save of the season.  He had blown his two previous save oppurtunities but looked like his usual self in this one. 

The offense didn't do much again but Robinson Cano hit a first inning three run homerun and it stood up.  Derek Jeter had a hit as he continues his march towards 3,000 hits.  Mark Teixeira left the game early due to a sore shoulder, he injured it diving for a ball on Tuesday but should be ok to go tonight.  The two teams will play the last game of a four game series tonight weather permitting. 

The Yankees got some news on Phil Hughes but it still isn't conclusive.  He may have thoracic outlet syndrome which is a circulatory problem.  He is going to head out to St. Louis and see a specialist and if he does have it for sure they will start a treatment program and it isn't known how long he will be out but he won't be back anytime soon. 

According to Elias of Colons 26 strikeouts more then half of them have been called(14).  His ball just moves so well that it looks like a ball and freezes the hitter.  The other thing about him is he has great control.  Yankees starters have held their opponent to one run or less in their last four games which is good for a 0.95 ERA during that stretch.  The offense is struggling right now but the important thing is the pitching.  If the Yankees get good pitching for most of the year they are going to win most of their games. 

Rivera has a save or win in each of the Yankees nine home games.  It is the fifth time in his career he has had eight saves before April 30th, he has never had more then eight.  Cano has homered in back-to-back games and four of his last five at home.  Francisco Cervelli is with Scranton Wilkes Barre AAA and went 1-4 last night, he is scheduled to catch again today and may be back over the weekend or next week. 

C.C. Sabathia makes the start for the Yankees tonight. 

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