The 40 year-old “El Viejo” Colon also bested Sox starter Alfredo Aceves, 31, in the “Quien es mas macho?” contest by sporting short sleeves, while Aceves from Sonora, Mexico was stone cold and responsible for seven earned runs on seven hits, four walks, two balks, and compounded his dark and stormy night with an error; all in just 3 1/3 soggy innings.
Unfazed by the blustery conditions Colon, a native of the Dominican Republic of Baseball, threw 67 strikes in 94 pitches; he has won all four of his starts for Oakland this season.
”That’s the perfect guy to have on the mound in games like that,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said, ”a guy who’s going to throw strikes, doesn’t let the conditions affect him and keeps everybody on their toes because they know, potentially, the ball’s going to be in play very quickly.
“He was the right man for the job.”
Former Boston prospect Brandon Moss smacked a two-run double, then scored on another former Sox prospect Josh Reddick’s base hit. Reddick went to second on Aceves’ throwing error then scored on third baseman Will Middlebrooks’ error.
Everybody from Oaktown got a whack at the Aceves piñata; all nine A’s starters reached base and, except for former Sox shortstop, Jed Lowrie, they all scored at least one run; in 21 games the A’s have scored at least eight runs in eight games.
When Aceves threw 42 pitches in the third inning, surrendering six runs, it was clear that the bullpen would be tapped.
Enter Steven Wright making his Major league debut and he closed out the fourth inning, but things went really wrong for Wright; the A’s thug jumped him for four in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it 13-0.
Colon’s ERA is now 2.44; Aceves is at 8.66; Wright at 12.27.
The Sox [13-7] still lead the AL East by a game over the Orioles [12-8], who won 4-3 over Toronto, now last in the division at 8-13.
Undefeated Jon Lester [3-0, 1.73] will face struggling A’s starter Brett Anderson [1-3, 5.95] tomorrow at Fenway at an unusual starting time: 4:05 PM.
With NESN’s Welcome Back Month promotion, Kids eats free & 2-for-1 Fenway Franks in April.
In light of the lousy weather tonight, the Red Sox announced that any fan with a ticket stub could return to either Wednesday’s or Thursday’s games for free.