Colon needed just 87 pitches, 80 of which were fastballs, over eight scoreless innings holding the Orioles to three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Mariano Rivera blew a save and after two innings by Luis Ayala and Boone Logan, Noesi made his major league debut tossing four shutout innings for the win.
The Yankees offense was almost non-existent during this game. They scored in the 4th when Alex Rodriguez scratched out a run and then didn’t score again until the 15th when Robinson Cano hit a two-RBI double. A sac fly by Brett Gardner made it 4-1.
SCARY MOMENT FOR DICKERSON: Chris Dickerson left the game and went to the hospital for CAT Scans after he was hit in the bill of the helmet following Cano’s hit. O’s pitcher Mike Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game even though it likely wasn’t on purpose.
AN ODD MOMENT AFTER THAT: The beaning and ejection created an odd moment that only happens to teams after 15 innings. Dickerson was the Yankees last outfielder so they had to move Derek Jeter, who was DH’ing, to short and move Eduardo Nunez to right field and lost their DH in the process.
The Orioles also had an interesting situation as Gonzalez was their last bullpen pitcher so the Orioles had to turn to tomorrow’s starter Jeremy Guthrie to get the final three outs.
UP NEXT: The Yankees and Orioles play again in the final game of a two-game series. CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.47 ERA) will take on Brad Bergesen (1-4, 4.35 ERA) before the Yankees head back to New York, this time to Queens, to take on the New York Mets in the Subway Series.