Oakland, CA – One mistake proved costly and there was no way to recover from the damage that had already been done. Trevor Cahill is one of the best pitchers on the rise but against the New York Yankees his struggles continue.
The A’s four game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Bartolo Colon who shutout Oakland 5-0. Colon hadn’t pitched a complete game shutout since July 5, 2006, when he was pitching for the Anaheim Angles at Seattle.
“Trevor got into trouble in the first, obviously the homer,” manager Bob Geren said. ”I thought he settled down which was good but offensively not much there.”
Things went awry for Cahill early as he allowed three runs in the first frame which included Mark Teixeira’s two-run homer followed by Robinson Cano’s double to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Not the best way to start against a power hitting team especially when he’s had no success in the past. Trevor has an 0-3 record facing New York and a 10.00 ERA in three career starts which combine eight walks and five home runs.
The first loss came in a 6-1 decision in Oakland on July 6, snapping his career best seven-game winning streak. The other was on August 30 in New York when he allowed a career-high tying eight runs in 4.0 innings.
“I’ve just kind of been toying with my mechanics a little bit,” said Cahill. ”I fell like I haven’t gotten it consistent where I feel like I can repeat myself. In the first inning especially, no matter how good I feel in the bullpen, when a hitter stands in there, stuff can change.”
Cahill managed to calm down for the next five innings but was pulled in the seventh after giving up back-to-back walks which resulted in the Yankees next run. Derek Jeter’s sacrifice fly to center field brought in Brett Gardner who previously stole both second and third base.
The A’s managed only four hits and the only base runner through the first five inning came on Josh Willingham’s leadoff double in the second frame. Cliff Pennington hit a double to leadoff the ninth but New York’s defense shut any chances of pulling off a miracle behind Barolo’s stellar pitching.
“A pretty solid performance from Colon,” Geren said. ”The best I’ve seen in a long, long time, pretty good job to shut us down.”
The 38-year old walked none, struck out six in what seemed like perfection. An easy decision for manager Joe Girardi to leave him in for nine innings. With a five run lead, Girardi had no reason to bother with the bullpen especially the way the defense had been playing throughout the game.
“With a leadoff double in the ninth and they [A's] didn’t score any more runs shows you how on he was today,” he explained. He told me he had two more [innings] in him and I told him I don’t want to go two more, I want this to be it. He said he was great and we were going to send him back out.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino
Photos by: Miguel Blair