Bartolo Colon

Kazmir struggles against former team while Colon dominates

The A’s came into New York on a hot streak, winners of five of their last six, so the last thing they expected was to be on the wrong end of a 10-1 rout against the Mets.

The two veteran players who the A’s let walk away in free agency last offseason – Bartolo Colon and Chris Young – wound up doing some major damage Tuesday night to their former club.

Colon went eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits. In typical Colon fashion, which the A’s saw firsthand during his two seasons with the club, he poured fastball after fastball into the strike zone. So much for his age and slow start; Colon entered tonight’s game with a 5-0 record in his last six starts with a 1.66 ERA.

Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir, the man the A’s brought in to essentially replace Colon, did not fare well against his former team. He was drafted by the Mets in the first round in 2002, but was traded to Tampa Bay in 2004 in a deal that still haunts Mets fans to this day. Perhaps this game was a little consolation for the Mets, who acquired Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato (yes, I know) in the trade and could only watch as Kazmir went on to become a star in Tampa.

Kazmir pitched just three innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits, pushing his ERA from 2.08 to 2.66. All but one of those runs came via homers. Back-to-back jacks in the second by Curtis Granderson and Young gave the Mets a 3-1 lead, then in the next inning, the big blow came on a three-run shot to left by Travis d’Arnaud that made the score 7-1.

The two relief pitchers the A’s used in the game were Jim Johnson and Jeff Francis, which was essentially Bob Melvin waving a gigantic white flag for five innings. Johnson allowed another homer to Young, and Francis gave up two more runs in relief.

Straight A’s

— This is the most runs that Kazmir has allowed in a game this season. In fact, he had only allowed six runs in his last five starts combined before this game. Kazmir also falls from second to fifth among the AL ERA leaders.

— The A’s hope this is just an aberration with Kazmir. Kazmir has surprised nearly everyone with his solid start to the season, and the last thing the team needs is for him to revert back to his form with the Angels from 2010-2011.

— Not only did Colon dominate his former team, but he also got a hit. Yes, Bartolo Colon got a hit in a Major League Baseball game. He whacked a high fastball from Johnson into left for a single in the fourth inningxs. Here’s visual proof:

But that wasn’t all. That was a leadoff single, so Colon had to actually run the bases, going to second, then third on consecutive ground ball outs. Thank you, Bartolo, for signing with a National League team.

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