Colon earns 200th win
PHILADELPHIA — New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon earned his 200th career victory on Friday night, though the milestone was not without its anxious moments.
Closer Jenrry Mejia struck out pinch hitter Reid Brignac looking with the tying run at third to end the game, as the Mets hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 41-year-old Colon departed after eight innings with a 5-1 lead, and watched on a clubhouse television as the bullpen surrendered three runs.
Afterward the native of the Dominican Republic said through an interpreter that he was “really happy” to join Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219) as the only Dominican-born pitchers to win 200, and that he “thanks to the team and thanks Mejia, who was able to close that game.”
“It’s certainly well-deserved,” manager Terry Collins said of Colon’s achievement. “To reinvent yourself after being what he was years ago (i.e., a power pitcher) and still being able to perform at the level he’s performed and win 200 games — you just think about that. That’s a lot of wins.”
Colon is third among active pitchers in victories, trailing only San Francisco’s Tim Hudson (213) and the New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia (208).
Colon, who struck out six without walking a batter Friday, also became just the fourth pitcher in the last 90 years to win his 200th game at age 41 or older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The others were Tim Wakefield (age 45 in 2011), Charlie Hough (age 44 in 1992) and Jamie Moyer (age 42 in 2005).
“He threw great today,” said Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who hit a solo homer. “I was honored to be a part of it. ... He was hitting his spots today. Balls were getting hit, but they were hitting them off the end of the bat or getting jammed.”
Phillies pull Hamels off waivers
Philadelphia Phillies left-handed starter Cole Hamels was pulled off waivers Friday.
The Chicago Cubs claimed Hamels on Wednesday and the two teams had 48 hours to complete a trade. The Cubs and Phillies were unable to strike a deal by the deadline so Hamels was pulled off waivers.
Players can only be exposed to waivers once, so the Phillies cannot trade Hamels until after the season is over.
The Cubs would like to add an elite starting pitcher to their staff since they dealt right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland A’s.
However, the Cubs reportedly prefer to add pitching via free agency so they do not have to give up top prospects while paying for a huge salary.