Bartolo Colon flirted with a perfect game Wednesday afternoon, but lost it when Robinson Cano got a single in the seventh inning.
“I knew it was going on, but in the seventh or eighth inning you can’t really think about it,” Colon said through an interpreter (ESPN, July 23). “Once you get to the ninth inning, then you think about that.”
In total, he pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up three hits, two earned runs, walked a batter and struck out five.
Colon, 41, is 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 starts this year, during which the Mets are 11-9.
“Today, you just sensed it in the first inning, he went out there in the first inning and the second hitter you’re saying, ‘He’s on today,'” Terry Collins said after the game. “I saw some funny swings from good hitters.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He went back to his strength, which is commanding his fastball with a remarkable pinpoint location and change in speeds. It’s what he does best. He had been using more off-speed pitches in his last few starts. This was not the case Wednesday, and he looked sensational. I don’t know if he simply made an adjustment, based on what wasn’t working, or if it’s a guy who feels comfortable facing the M’s having played in the AL West for the previous two years, but whatever it was it worked well.