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Second half tips off with a stinker from Bartolo Colon

Jul 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

Bartolo Colon AP

Bartolo Colon couldn’t make it through the first Thursday, giving up eight runs — three earned — in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays.

Colon should have been out of the inning with the Yankees down 3-0, but third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is expected to be an everyday player while Alex Rodriguez spends the next month rehabbing, committed his 11th error in the equivalent of 36 full games this season to extend the frame.

Colon went on to give up three more hits before being pulled in favor of Luis Ayala in a 7-0 game.  Ayala committed a run-scoring balk to make it 8-0 before retiring Jose Bautista to end the inning.

It was the first time this season that the Jays had scored eight runs in an inning.

The start matched the shortest of Colon’s career: he also lasted just two-thirds of an inning against the Mariners on April 9, 1997.  Colon gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Rays in his final start before the break, so his ERA has jumped from 2.88 to 3.47 in the past 10 days.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    It’s all that gravy in his veins.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

      Colon stinks! He must have been using Axe!

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Ruh roh, Bautista sprained ankle?

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      twisted ankle, day to day.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    The heck with Colon. I am much more concerned with Bautista. He may have hurt his ankle bably sliding into third.

  4. jimbo1949 - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Yankees coming back, 9-7

    Andruw Jones, 2 bombs.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      Jays 16, Yankees 7

  5. kingbuccaneer - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    The word “stinker” doesn’t begin to describe how terrible Fartolo pitched tonight.

  6. pisano - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    It looks like the party’s over for Bartolo.He’s been hit hard since the pulled muscle, it was fun while it lasted.

  7. frankvzappa - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Hilarious first inning. That was like watching a goddamn circus. What a bunch of freaking amateurs.

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