Bartolo blazes past the Angels
The way Bartolo Colon was throwing strikes, he might have a second career as a professional bowler. Throwing a remarkable 38 consecutive strikes at one point, Colon had eight shutout innings as the A's shutout the Angels 6-0 tonight in Anaheim. The only support he would need was provided by Yoenis Cespedes who hit a long three-run home run to left field in the first inning. After that, Colon cruised without facing any real danger in the game. Of his 108 total pitches, 82 were for strikes. Fautino de los Santos pitched the ninth inning to finish the game for the A's who have now won two of the first three games of this four game set.
The A's got on the board with a couple of bloop singles by Cliff Pennington and Josh Reddick in the top of the first. Cespedes then hammered an Ervin Santana pitch well over the left-field bullpen to give the A's the lead. Jonny Gomes added to the lead in the sixth inning with a solo home run. The final two runs were scored off of Angels closer Jordan Walden in the ninth. Back to back doubles by Eric Sogard and Jemile Weeks made it 5-0. Then a Cliff Pennington walk and back to back walks to Seth Smith and Gomes chased home the final run.
The story of the game however was Colon. He simply baffled the Angels lineup with his combination of fastballs. Particularly, his cut fastball was biting over the inside part of the plate on left-handed hitters. This was by far his best start as a member of the A's, and he is establishing himself as the ace of the staff in the early season.
Good: Bartolo Colon. More like great. One of the best starts of the early 2012 season, he simply dominated the Angels lineup. Not enough kudos can be used.
Bad: Daric Barton. I couldn't give this to Kurt Suzuki because he called the game. Barton and Suzuki were the only two not to get a hit, but Barton was 0-2 with runners in scoring position and struck out twice.
The A's will look to win their second series of the year tomorrow night. Tom Milone will face C.J. Wilson for the Angels. First pitch will take place at 7:05 p.m.