Jun 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Colon Goes For Ninth Win In A Row Against Garza, Cubs: Game Preview


After some late inning heroics by Derek Norris in Tuesday night’s series opener, Bartolo Colon will look to continue his winning ways on the mound Wednesday in the second game between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs.

The 40-year-old right-hander was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June earlier in the afternoon after improving his record to 11-2 with a 2.79 ERA on the season. Colon allowed a mere seven runs during the month, with the A’s winning all of his five starts. He hasn’t lost since May 9 against the Cleveland Indians.

Matt Garza will be on the mound for the Cubs, and the right-hander may be the most coveted trade chip on the market for teams looking to improve before the July 31 trade deadline. In his last start against the Brewers, he struck out ten with only one walk and one earned run in seven innings of work. Garza has a 3-1 record with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts this year, and he’s bounced back nicely from a left lat strain that put him on the disabled list to start the season.

He’ll have to be on his best against Oakland. The A’s are hitting the ball as well as they have all season, and Monday night saw them come back twice from tw0-run deficits. Josh Donaldson hit his 14th homer of the year, improving his batting average to .318 in the process, good for seventh-best in the AL. In addition to the game winning shot by Norris, Chris Young hit a solo home run, and Coco Crisp knocked in two runs to ensure the A’s came out victorious for the 17th time in 20 games.

If Colon gets the win tonight, it will be nine in a row — the longest winning streak in his career — and if he’s left off the AL roster for the All-Star game, it would sure seem to be a glaring omission.

John Jaso is starting at catcher and will hit seventh. It’s the first start for Jaso since June 20 when he suffered an abrasion to his left palm against the Rangers.

 

LINEUPS

Oakland Athletics

1. C. Crisp CF

2. S. Smith DH

3. J. Lowrie SS

4. Y. Cespedes LF

5. B. Moss 1B

6. J. Donaldson 3B

7. J. Jaso C

8. J. Reddick RF

9. E. Sogard 2B

 

Chicago Cubs

1. L. Valbuena 3B

2. S. Castro SS

3. N. Schierholtz RF

4. A. Soriano DH

5. A. Rizzo 1B

6. D. Navarro C

7. B. Bogusevic LF

8. D. Barney 2B

9. J. Borbon CF

 

 

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