The Yankees came ready. This stretch of the season is expected to be a test for the Bombers, a chance to see how they measure up against teams that are predicted to be battling for a playoff position and in the playoffs at the end of the year. . With six scoreless, bounce-back innings from Gerrit Cole, the Yankees showed they were ready for the Test with a 2–0 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
“It’s going to be very tough baseball. But we are up to the challenge,” Cole said. “Trust me, we are fighting against these guys to have a big offensive game, but at the same time we can feel confident in tough games. A lot.
“Especially now,” Cole said. “So whatever it takes.”
The Yankees (45-16) have won five and 12 of their last 13 matches in a row. He extended his lead over the Blue Jays to nine games and Rays Over (35–26) in the American League East. The Yankees quickly established their dominance. They lead the Chiefs in home runs with 98 (though have improved to 9-9 in games in which they don’t hit home runs on Tuesday night) and are the home leaders of the big leagues in Aaron Judge’s with 24. Their pitchers dominate, allowing only 180 runs, the fewest among the majors by any team’s staff.
The Yankees have the best record in baseball, but only 22 games through the first 60 games played against teams with a winning record.
It apparently closed on Tuesday night with the Rays, their American League East rivals in town. It started 13 consecutive games against teams with winning records. After the Rays come the Blue Jays and Astros.
“Just come every day and take over our business and do your bit to win the game,” said Jose Trevino. “We have to move on but, I mean, we’re not thinking about that, we just think one day at a time.”
Cole kept the Rays scoreless as he scattered five hits in six innings. He walked one and hit seven. He threw 92 pitches and got 11 swing-and-misses, six on his fastball and four on his slider.
It was a bouncy start to their last, a clunker one against the Twins, but it was not an easy night.
Cole was dismissed in his defense in the sixth inning. After Cole made a terrific second-place throw, a video replay reversed the error, showing Gleber Torres placed under a cleat at second base for the first out. After being singled off a ball in the middle by Rays nemesis Ji-Man Choi, Cole used a slider to receive a double-play ground ball from Randy Arozerena to end the innings.
Cole and Trevino credited the Yankees’ replay man, Brett Webber, who was confident the call would be overturned on the field.
However, at first Cole thought they were in trouble.
“Oh no, neither of us did,” Cole said if he thought the drama would be reversed. “But you know Webby is pretty conservative. So hey, we got a chance and then they put it on the (stadium) board and we were like . . . He just stayed on the bag. So yeah, I mean, Brett Worked great with that call.
Cole was fired after the game, pumping his fist twice and yelling at his teammates as he ran off the field.
In Tampa, when a call went against him, Cole ran the next batsman on four pitches and Ray scored on it as they beat the Yankees 3–1. This time, after a throwing error of his own, Cole raised his arms and swore. Aaron Boone went to the mound to try to take down his ace.
Cole had a better start than his previous start – when he delivered back-to-back home runs to the Twins in the first. After a one-off single to Harold Ramirez, Cole retired 11 straight. He left the lead-off walk to Arozrena in the fifth and then ran Kevin Kirmeyer on four straight pitches.
“It’s huge to be honest,” Cole said of the gap between his last start and Tuesday night. “We were going through a lot, a lot was unexpected. But throwing four pitches is well executed, well positioned. ,
In the fourth, the Yankees took advantage of Ray’s sloppy game and scored their runs. Corey Kluber hits Stanton one out and Torres high pops off Manuel Margot’s glove to apply two. After the dismissal of Matt Carpenter, Isaiah Kenner-Falefa lines up a bloop single in left-center field, scoring Stanton. Torres scored when Arrogena’s throw from left field went over the head of catcher Francisco Mejia.