The talk leading into Tuesday centered on Bartolo Colon and how he’d fare against the A’s.
He wasn’t the only former Athletic to put the hurt on his old team.
Chris Young homered twice to help lead the New York Mets’ 10-1 onslaught against the A’s. It was a night to forget for Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir, who entered as the AL’s ERA leader but got tagged for three homers and a season-high seven runs in just three innings.
Colon? He was in vintage form, pitching to contact and holding the A’s to four hits over eight innings. He even contributed with the bat, singling off Jim Johnson, laying down a sacrifice bunt and advancing a runner with a groundout that contributed to a two-run sixth for New York.
Young had a forgettable 2013 season in green and gold, hitting just .200 and signing with New York in the offseason. For the most part, things haven’t improved for him in the Big Apple, as he entered Tuesday hitting .201 with four homers and 17 RBI in 58 games.
But he jumped on a 2-1 pitch from Kazmir and went deep to left in the second. Then he homered again off Jim Johnson in the fifth. In all, the Mets homered four times on a night that was memorable for A’s players-turned-Mets.
And remember, former A’s manager Bob Geren is in the Mets dugout as the bench coach for Terry Collins.
Starting pitching report
Kazmir’s seven earned runs allowed were more than he’d given up in his previous five starts combined. He has not given up as many as seven runs since July 10, 2010, when he allowed a career-high 13 against the A’s at the Coliseum, of all places.
It was shocking to witness given how dominant the lefty has been. Kazmir had allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, going 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA over that span. His location abandoned him on this night.
The A’s gave Kazmir a 1-0 lead in the first, but he allowed back to back homers in the second – a two-run shot to Curtis Granderson on a piped fastball and Young’s solo shot. A run was already in during the third when Kazmir left a 1-2 pitch in Travis d’Arnaud’s wheelhouse and he hit a three-run homer to make it 7-1.
Johnson and Jeff Francis ate up the rest of the innings after Kazmir left, saving the bullpen from further wear and tear.
At the plate
The A’s got little going all night against Colon, who gave up just four hits over eight innings. Yoenis Cespedes’ run-scoring double in the first was the only offense for the A’s.
In the field
Neither team committed an error.
Brad Mills (0-0, 4.50) will make his second start for the A’s in Wednesday’s 4:10 p.m. contest to close out this two-game series. Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.93) goes for the Mets.