There are some who believe the designated hitter should be universally adopted by both leagues. There are others, who just want to watch New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon do his thing at the plate.
Colon, who has become everyone’s favorite hitting pitcher, came through in a big way Sunday against the Miami Marlins.
With the game knotted 1-1, and a man on second, Colon stepped to the plate in the second inning. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Colon knocked a run-scoring double off David Phelps to give himself the 2-1 lead. It was Colon’s first extra-base hit of the season, and second extra-base hit of his career.
The run would come in handy. Though the Mets would pick up another run, Colon eventually allowed Miami to tie the game at three. The club was able to notch the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, giving Colon the win.
It’s a miracle any time Colon comes up with a hit, but we’re going to be a little critical here. Had he run full steam out of the box, there’s an outside chance Colon could have wound up with a triple. He’s never hit one of those before.
At the same time, a Bartolo Colon triple might be one of the first signs of the apocalypse. If the world ends, we don’t get to see Colon hit anymore. When you put it that way, we’re glad he settled for the double.
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