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July 24, 2014

What You Need to Know

July 24, 2014

by Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.

Colon needed just 73 pitches to get through the first six frames. Just nine outs away from perfection, he began the seventh inning by getting former Mets outfielder Endy Chavez to pop out to third base. Colon promptly fanned James Jones, which brought up Robinson Cano. With the count 2–2 against the Seattle second sacker, Anthony Recker wanted Colon to fire the next offering low and away.

Instead, Colon left the offering up at the belt and Cano lined an opposite-field single to break up the perfect game bid.

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