Derek Jeter had thoughts rattling around under his helmet after doubling in his first at-bat against Jeff Niemann – 3,000 thoughts.
“After the first one, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it was obtainable today,” Jeter said.
But it didn’t happen. Jeter went 0 for 4 the rest of the way and is at 2,998. Jeff Niemann retired him three times, and then Kyle Farnsworth got him on a slow bouncer to third to end this 5-1 loss.
“It’s always good when you get a hit your first at-bat, but after that, Niemann did a great job,” Jeter said. “We had some opportunities early on, and he pitched out of a couple of jams. Early on, I thought I was going to get a few, but that wasn’t the case.”
Third baseman Sean Rodriguez robbed him of a hit in the fifth, going down for a backhand stop and throwing him out.
“It hurt my feelings a little bit,” Jeter said kiddingly. “They were joking on the bench that I hit two or three balls a year down the third-base line and he caught one of them. It was unfortunate, but I thought it was going to get by him at first.”
Joe Girardi said the atmosphere in the dugout generally was “business as usual. The atmosphere is not really any different. Now I can’t tell you it (will) be that (way) after he gets the next one and each at-bat after that. But at 2,998, it’s still business as usual.”
It wasn’t business as usual for Bartolo Colon. He walked a season-high-tying four and gave up 10 hits and five runs in 5 2-3.
“I wasn’t throwing strikes and every time I threw strikes, they hit ball really good on me,” Colon said. “So there’s nothing I can do about it.”
At least Colon said he felt fine physically after 15 games, 12 of them starts, and 90 innings. This was his second start after coming off the DL. The run he allowed in the first snapped his streak of 13 1/3 scoreless innings. The 10 hits were the most he had given up since 2007 with the Angels. The loss snapped his four-game winning streak.
Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo homer and a single. He has hit safely in 23 of his last 26, batting .353 over that span.
Jorge Posada played in his 1,785th game, which tied Don Mattingly for ninth on the Yankees’ all-time list.
Friday night Jeter gets to face Jeremy Hellickson. Freddy Garcia starts for the Yankees.