NEW YORK -- Although he eventually received a no-decision in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Cubs, Carlos Torres deserved praise for contributing five scoreless innings in place of Bartolo Colon after having worked on Sunday in relief.
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Torres became the first major league pitcher since Oakland’s Mike Mohler in 1993 to have a scoreless effort as a starting pitcher on no days of rest. Mohler tossed 3 1/3 innings. The last starting pitcher on no rest to contribute five-plus scoreless innings was Philadelphia’s Bruce Ruffin, who pitched eight scoreless innings in 1991.
It actually was Torres’ first scoreless start since he notched his first major league win -- on Sept. 3, 2009, in his third career game, while pitching for the White Sox.
Torres, who threw 86 pitches, found out he was starting in place of Colon about four hours before the scheduled 12:10 p.m. first pitch. Colon was scratched so he could travel to the Dominican Republic to be with his gravely ill mother.
Asked about his mindset pitching multiple innings with no rest, Torres said: “You start with one, and hope you get through one. And then you go from there.”
Said manager Terry Collins: “He’s done an amazing job. That’s really a tough assignment, especially when he pitched yesterday, to come back and have to start a game the next day. He gave us five quality innings. He ran out of gas. We couldn’t give him any help.”