It may have felt like it happened in a completely separate game, or even on an entirely different night, but Wednesday night/Thursday morning’s 13-inning loss to the Mariners did begin with Gerrit Cole bouncing back in a big way for the Yankees.
After allowing a career-high six runs in the first inning against Seattle at Yankee Stadium, Cole allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings on Wednesday, walking none against eight strikeouts in one of his best starts of the season.
“I just thought we were better,” Cole said. “I thought Judge made a great play on a soft-serve line drive, Benintendi made a similar kind of play…so those were big plays. We were sharp in the infield, we were sharp all night. Just fell one short.”
Unfortunately, Cole couldn’t come away with a win, as Luis Castillo matched zeroes on the other side before the Yanks ran themselves out of three scoring chances in extra innings. But Cole did look like the ace the Yankees need him to be, which was an encouraging sign.
“It’s just a well-pitched ballgame on both sides,” Cole said. “Both teams trying to scrap one across, and it just didn’t fall our way. I thought we threw the ball well and played excellent defense.”
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