The 2020 MLB Season is finally underway, and the New York Yankees have gotten off to a 1-0 lead thanks to Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge.
Following an elongated offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Yankees got their season underway on Thursday night. The Yankees took on the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals in the Nation’s capital in what was set to be a pitchers duel.
After a rough start in which both Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer let up 400+ foot home runs in the first inning, both pitchers tightened up and gave fans exactly what they expected. Although the game was delayed and eventually called after 5.5 innings and a long weather delay.
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But several months after signing him, the Bronx Bombers finally saw why they signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year $324 million deal. In five innings Cole let up only one hit, one earned run, and one walk while striking out five.
Pretty dang good if you ask me, and to put the cherry on top, he got a ton of help from the Yankees’ bats despite the fact that they were also going up against one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.
The Yankees were able to get on Scherzer early and often as Aaron Judge got on with a single setting the stage for Giancarlo Stanton who hit a 459-foot home run in the first. Later on, Judge would bring in Tyler Wade in the third, and then Stanton would bring in Gio Urshela in the fifth ultimately giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead where the game would end.
Game one couldn’t have gone any better for the Yankees under the circumstances, and on Saturday they will look to do more of the same as they face off against the Nationals once again.