Bartolo Colon was in complete control of Wednesday night's game. He had pitched shutout eight innings and allowed just three hits. He had walked one and struck out seven. He had thrown only 87 pitches -- an amazing 61 of them for strikes.
So, why did manager Joe Girardi go to Mariano Rivera to pitch the ninth inning?
Because he has Mariano Rivera to pitch the ninth inning, of course, so it's almost impossible to second-guess the decision to bring him into a one-run save situation. Except maybe this time.
This was one of those games in which the Orioles were happier to see the closer come into the game than the other team. They've actually had some success against Rivera and they had some again, scoring a run in the ninth to hand him his third blown save of the season. It also was his eighth career blown save against the O's.