The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/30/11 — Bartolo Colon
Whenever Tim Cahill takes the mound, you can expect to be treated to a solid pitching performance. Yesterday afternoon was no different, but unfortunately for Cahill and the Oakland Athletics, it was the opposing pitcher providing that solid performance this time around.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, Cahill was solid the rest of the way, giving up only one more run to the Yankees’ batters over the next 5 2/3 innings. However, that offensive outburst in the opening inning was all New York needed thanks to Bartolo Colon, who pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only four hits and no walks in the process. The Yankees starter would also strike out six batters on the afternoon, en route to the 5-0 victory.
Colon has been a great addition for the Yankees thus far this season. After sitting out the 2010 season with ongoing shoulder pains and starting only 19 games combined in the two season before that, Colon is currently 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA in eight starts this season. Not exactly Cy Young numbers, but it is his lowest ERA since the 2002 season. The complete-game shutout was his first since July 5, 2006, and it was enough to earn him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, May 30, 2011.