Age is just a quantity and Bartolo Colon is proof of that.
The 44-year-old pitcher carried a perfect recreation into the eighth and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers throughout their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday evening.
“I don’t ever think about what age I am or who is facing me,” Colon stated by a translator. “I always try to do my job and I always feel happy doing my job and that’s what I think about.”
Colon turned again the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander.
Of the primary 17 batters Colon confronted, he went to an Zero-2 depend on 10 and struck out six in that span.
“He was doing everything he wanted to with that baseball,” Chirinos stated. “So it was fun to be behind the plate and receive those pitches.”
Colon entered the eighth having thrown 83 pitches, 59 for strikes, with seven strikeouts.
“When I pitched seven innings perfect, I started thinking about it,” he stated. “I know that (Jose) Altuve and all those guys can be a hard out.”
Colon walked Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to begin the eighth earlier than Josh Reddick lined an Zero-2 supply down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as nicely.
“He left a changeup up and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman’s head,” Reddick stated.
Opposing followers in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his naked hand softly towards the skin of his glove.
A fan favourite throughout the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed “Big Sexy” is on his ninth group in his final 11 seasons.
“It was probably top three games I’ve ever been involved in,” Rangers supervisor Jeff Banister stated. “I was getting excited. You find yourself pulling for it, a lot of different things run through your mind in those types of situations. It was his game.”
Two outs later, Colon was eliminated with the rating tied at 1. As he walked off the sector, he glanced at Reddick on third base and the 2 shared some phrases.
“He looked at me and told me I was supposed to at least roll over it and not pull it like that,” Reddick stated. “He and I go way back from our Oakland days. I told him great job. He’s one of the better guys you’ll see in the game.”
Chirinos homered early for the one hit off Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings.
“It’s fun, but at the same time, you’re hoping for some runs there,” Verlander stated about going toe-to-toe with Colon. “He was painting. It’s like, what are you going to do? You’re going to tip your cap. He did an excellent job tonight keeping our guys off balance and not giving anyone anything to hit.”
In the 10th, Chirinos launched a two-run double off Hector Rondon (1-1) that short-hopped the wall in straightaway heart discipline. Jake Diekman pitched out of bother in the underside half for his first save.
With runners on the corners, Jake Marisnick struck out swinging to finish it and slammed his bat to the bottom. Marisnick was indignant that Diekman’s 3-1 pitch was referred to as a strike despite the fact that it regarded exterior.
Keone Kela (2-Zero) labored a scoreless ninth for the win.
Colon threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes, and saved the highly effective Astros off stability by altering speeds and dealing expertly to each edges of the plate. He struck out seven in 7 2/Three innings however ended up with a no-decision after Yuli Gurriel tied the rating at 1 with a sacrifice fly.
Colon’s longest no-hit bid got here with Cleveland on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/Three innings. He completed with a one-hitter in a 2-Zero win at Yankee Stadium.
Kenny Rogers threw Texas’ most up-to-date no-hitter, in July 1994.
The Rangers claimed INF-OF Renato Nunez off waivers from Oakland. Nunez will be a part of the Rangers on Monday after they open a three-game collection at Tampa Bay.
Rangers: RHP Tim Lincecum was transferred to the 60-day disabled listing after he began the season on the 10-day DL on account of a blister on his proper center finger. “Just feel like with him being a number of days away from actually facing hitters, putting him on the 60-day gives a little more room to play with and the opportunity to slow the process down,” Banister stated.
Astros: LHP Tony Sipp (proper indirect soreness) performed catch once more, supervisor A.J. Hinch stated.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 11.88 ERA) will make his third begin of the season Monday towards the Rays. Perez is coming off the shortest begin by any Texas starter, lasting simply three innings and giving up eight runs.
Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (Zero-2, four.20) begins a four-game collection Monday at Seattle. Keuchel has by no means opened Zero-Three. In his final begin, he lasted simply 4 innings.
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