A total of 34 hits were scattered throughout the Rogers Centre as the Yankees and Blue Jays played their 1st game following the All-Star Break.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, Bartolo Colon could not get out of the gates. The large Yankees righty went 0.2 of an inning and gave up 8 runs (only 3 earned) but did not have a sharp break on his pitches and was simply getting hit all over the field. A number of plays could have been made by Alex Rodriguez’s replacement at 3rd base, Eduardo Nunez, but they weren’t and it played a big role in keeping Colon on the field in the 1st.
With the Yankees trailing early at a 9-0 deficit after 2, Andruw Jones was a key contributor at the attempts at a comeback. Jones accounted for 4 of the Yankees runs in an attempt at a comeback with 2 home runs.
With yet another unfortunate turn of events, the Yankees bullpen, which is usually reliable, could not handle the workload left to them by Colon. The 7 runs made up by the Yankees offense was eventually given up as the final score of 16-7 looks like a bad start to the 2nd half of the 2011 season.
The silver lining could be the signs of life in the bats of Brett Gardner and All-Stars Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Robinson Cano also happened to participate and win the Home Run Derby, for those who have a concern for the participants of that contest.