NEW YORK (WPIX)—There was a lot of skepticism and criticism directed towards the Yankees when they signed Bartolo Colon, citing his health and absence from the Majors as major concerns.
When Colon injured himself from running the short distance of the pitching mound to first base, there were definitely a few raised eyebrows. Add into the equation that he had not won since July 2nd, and it seemed like Colon's run with the Yanks was all but over.
Colon found his dominant pitching self as he only gave up 2 runs over 7 innings. It was his first win after the All-Star Break since 2005.
"He gave us distance," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Colon. "That's what we're used to seeing from Bart, where he doesn't throw a ton of pitches."
It was especially important that Colon pitched so effectively because the usually dependable David Robertson had an implosion in the eighth inning. New York's set-up man allowed 3 doubles and a walk. Rivera had a shaky 9th inning of his own but was able to escape with his 25th save of the season.
Granderson provided the offensive pop as he slugged his 27th home run of the season. Eduardo Nunez and Andruw Jones added 2 RBI's each, as well. While the Yankees have been plugging along offensively the past few games, the big story was Colon's victory and the debate as to whether or not he can keep it up for the rest of the season.
"I knew he was going to have a great year," Jones said. "He's having a great year, and hopefully he can stay healthy and give us all he's got for a run at the division title."