MLB Sports: Cole ‘focused’ in return, backed by 5 NY HRs

MLB Sports: Cole ‘focused’ in return, backed by 5 NY HRs
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MLB Sports: 8: 10 AM UTC BALTIMORE — Gerrit Cole pushed his start back two days after leaving his last outing with left hamstring tightness. Aaron Boone, the Yankees’ manager, said that he expected a “Gerrit Cole” start before Tuesday’s series opener against Baltimore. Cole delivered exactly that in the Yankees’ 7-2 victory. He allowed one run, four hits, and three walks while striking out seven batters. Though he only tossed five innings, it was enough to earn him his 15th win of the season. “[The Orioles] was added back into the count, which drove his pitch count higher,” Boone said of Cole’s 108- pitch outing. It was hard work for him during a humid night, five innings. But I thought, stuff-wise — especially fastball-curveball combination — I thought [they] were really good tonight.” The Yankees’ ace is one of three pitchers with as many wins this season — joining Julio Urias (17) and Adam Wainwright (16). With the win, the Yankees closed the gap on the AL Wild Card race. The Blue Jays were defeated by the Rays earlier that evening. A win by Boston (82-65) in Seattle later in the night created a virtual three-way tie with New York (81-64) and Toronto (81-64). Cole said, “I don’t know if it’s thinking about the stretch.” We need to focus on the series at hand, one game at at time, and move on from this one. Tomorrow is a new day. That’s what we are focusing on.” Cole was the Yankees’ backbone, and home runs accounted for most of their offense. Cole took the pitch and was able to take a comfortable 2-0 lead with the home run by Aaron Judge. Boone said that the offense is still capable of performing at its best. They continue to grind these [at-bats]. Our best offensive days lie ahead of us,” Giancarlo Stouton and Luke Voit went back to back in the third frame. This added three insurance runs for New York. Joey Gallo wanted to join the big fly fun so he sent a ball 402 feet from right-center field in eighth. DJ LeMahieu added another homer in the ninth. He scored the fifth homer, which tied the Yanks record for most homers in one game this season (April 30).). Stanton said, “It’s certainly fun when we all hit some homers.” “We are happy to be on top and get a win. We can joke around and stuff after the game, but it’s go-time now.” New York combined for a multihomer game for the sixth straight contest — the longest streak since an eight-game stretch from July 26-Aug. 5, 2020. The race for the American League Cy Young Award is still open, even though the team is pushing to play into October. Cole’s performance may have given him a slight advantage, as it showed that he wouldn’t need an IL stint. His 2. His 75ERA is second only Toronto’s Robbie Ray (2 .69).). Despite both pitchers having just faced the Orioles their stats looked quite different. Ray gave up eight hits and three runs in just 4 1/3 innings last Friday in Baltimore, which was his fastest start of the season. Cole didn’t pitch very deep on Tuesday but he held the Orioles down to one run. Cole’s 224 strikeouts rank fifth in Yankees history. They are just behind Zack Wheeler for the MLB lead. Cole smiled and laughed, “I’m aware.” Cole smiled and laughed, “I’m trying to not think about it.” It’s not easy, but you’re trying.

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