Some of it was bad luck and some of it was bad pitching, but when Bartolo Colon failed to pitch out of the first inning tonight, the Yankees were on their way to a deflating 16-7 loss in their first game after the all-star break. Colon got only two outs. He allowed eight runs (three of them earned) and six hits (half of them infield singles and a missed diving catch in left). Eduardo Nunez’s error, Luis Ayala’s balk and a few close calls by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez certainly didn’t help. The Yankees kept it interesting for a while because of Andruw Jones’ two home runs, but the bullpen followed Colon’s lead and allowed seven runs in the final three innings. Colon has now stumbled in two straight starts, allowing a total of 16 hits and six walks while striking out only one in his past 6.1 innings.
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