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On Sunday night baseball, in a match-up pitting the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros, Bartolo Colon opposed Justin Verlander. Houston, offensively, may have the most potent 1-9 in all of baseball. Colon, meanwhile, is the man known around the game as “Big Sexy,” as he indeed continues to defy the odds at 44 years old. As customary with baseball, nobody could have foreseen what came next.
Colon started to deal. He was impressive from the get-go. In the first inning, Colon struck out Alex Bregman on an 83-mph slider. Immediately after, he got Jose Altuve looking on an 88-mph two-seam fastball.
In the third, Colon bagged two more strikeouts, as Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher became his third and fourth victims. Colon, once again, got another called strike on an 88-mph two-seam fastball. Colon faced Altuve in the fourth, ending his second at-bat in the same fashion, this time burning a 92-mph heater past him for Altuve’s second strikeout of the game. Impressive, considering Jose Altuve is a top-3 position player in all of baseball.
In the 7th inning, Colon surprisingly conquered the heart of the Houston lineup once again, getting Springer and Bregman to ground out, and Altuve to fly out. Colon was six outs from perfection, and Twitter was having some fun.
Bartolo Colon is older than 6 current big league managers
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 16, 2018
Me: "Bartolo Colon is pitching a perfect game through six."
10-year-old: "Isn't he, like, 45?"
10-year-old: "And isn't he super fat?"
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 16, 2018
Needless to say, the fun would not last because of a walk to Carlos Correa to open the 8th inning. Josh Reddick followed that up with the first hit, a double, crushing the hopes of everyone, except maybe Astro fans. Consequently, a Yuliesky Gurriel sacrifice fly would tie the game and that was it for the only active Montreal Expo.
As the Astros forced the game into extra-innings, Robinson Chirinos, who gave the Rangers the early lead, chiefly would play the hero knocking a two-run double in the 10th inning pushing Texas ahead for good 3-1.
On a day where Major League Baseball celebrated the legacy of Jackie Robinson, “Big Sexy” closed out the day and certainly gave baseball fans around the world a fun performance to enjoy.
Still a sterling effort for Bartolo Colon on Jackie Robinson Day. Fun fact: Colon held Robinson to just three hits in 17 career at-bats against him.
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) April 16, 2018