Aaron Judge rightfully took the spotlight on Wednesday night with his 61st home run, but he wasn’t the only Yankee to tie an illustrious franchise record.
Gerrit Cole’s four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work on Wednesday night evened him with Ron Guidry for the most strikeouts in a single season in franchise history, as Cole’s 248 punchouts in 2022 are now tied with Guidry’s incredible 1978 season.
“I think it’s more special because of what Aaron did tonight, to be honest,” Cole said. “It’s obviously a really special number. Guidry was so good for us, and so magical. His record held for so long. I don’t think you dream of it, but just to be mentioned in the same categories as Yankees legends, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around at this point.”
Records from two of the most iconic individual seasons in Yankee history were tied in one night, as now Cole and Judge find themselves next to a pair of pinstriped legends, each with a chance to stand alone before the end of the season.
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