Gerrit Cole had another stellar outing as the New York Yankees wound up destroying the Rays with a 9-3 final score in game one.
The New York Yankees went 2-8 against the Rays during the regular season, but in the first game that mattered between the two in 2020, the Yankees showed up and looked like the team everyone expected them to look like this season.
The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname on Monday night as the Yankees hit an impressive four home runs with Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton all hitting homers, including a Stanton grand slam in the ninth inning.
This game was however a tight one until that ninth inning as the Yankees were up only 4-3 entering the game’s final inning until Aaron Hicks’ RBI single and Stanton’s grand slam.
Gerrit Cole pitched like the $324 million man he is, as he went six innings allowing only six hits with three earned runs off of two home runs, to go along with his eight strikeouts, and he got the win when it was all said and done.
Sure, two home runs and three total runs aren’t ideal, but when you’ve got arguably the best lineup in baseball behind you, you can afford to give up three runs most nights, and that is exactly what happened on Monday night.
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On the other side of the ball, Blake Snell had one of his worst outings of the season on Monday as for the first time in 2020, he gave up an earned run in the first inning when Aaron Hicks hit a sacrifice fly to bring in DJ LeMahieu.
This is a great sign for the Yankees because if the series does get to a decisive game five, the Yankees will go into it knowing what they’re capable of against Snell, while Cole will go into it expecting to have a similar outing.
Overall, the Yankees played a great game and we saw Gerrit Cole get out of some huge jams including a bases-loaded jam in the fifth while the Yankees were up only one run.
Game two will be on Tuesday night as Deivi Garcia will take the mound for the Yankees, and Tyler Glasnow for the Rays.