Spring training success did not translate well for Bartolo Colon.
After a splendid spring training, Colon struggled in his first appearance as a Yankee, giving up four runs in four innings of relief in the Yankees' 10-7 loss to the Tigers. Sunday marked Colon’s first appearance in an MLB game since he started for the Chicago White Sox on July 24, 2009.
Despite his great spring, Colon entered this season as a long-inning reliever after losing out on one of the final rotation spots. Colon gave up just four runs in 16 innings and struck out 17 batters during spring training.
Sunday, Colon matched his spring training runs total in one appearance and failed to keep the Yankees within a one-run deficit on two occasions by giving up two runs in back-to-back innings
With the Yankees trailing 5-4 heading into the fifth inning, Colon took over for starter Phil Hughes, who had been ineffective for most of the afternoon. Colon didn’t do much better. The veteran surrendered a leadoff single to Ramon Santiago and a first-pitch home run into the right field seats to Brennan Boesch that boosted the Tigers' lead to 7-4.
The Yankees battled back in the bottom half of the inning to score two runs to bring the deficit back to one, but Colon gave those runs right back. Two hits led to two runs and the Tigers led 9-6 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning.
To Colon’s credit, he rebounded from the two rough innings to keep the Tigers scoreless over his final two frames and retired eight of the final nine batters he faced. He struck out five hitters on the afternoon.