46 times in the history of baseball a starting pitcher has completed 7 innings with fewer than 68 pitches. Tonight's start by Bartolo Colon at Camden Yards makes # 47.
Colon is hitting 96 on the radar gun, his fastball is moving wickedly, the strike zone has been generous, and the O's are impatient. A perfect storm.
But the Yanks are still only clinging to a 1-run lead due to the excellent performance of O's rookie phenom Zack Britton. Having thrown 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes (83%) over 8 innings, it looks like Colon may nevertheless be yanked for Mo in the 9th.
Pitching duels are the best.