Gerrit Cole, the Yankees’ starting pitcher, approached the mound in Minnesota’s Target Field on Thursday night after allowing only three home runs in his previous nine starts, a period of 55 innings and 218 hitters faced. To begin the game, the Twins would hit him for three home runs in three batters. They’d add two more in the worst start of his career in terms of home runs allowed.
To begin the game, it would be Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton, and Carlos Correa homering in that sequence.
Nonetheless, the Yankees prevailed.
Ah yes, the good ol’ back-to-back-to-back home runs to start the game. Cole would walk the next hitter, but then settle in to strike out the next three hitters. Joey Gallo then clubbed a two-run home run in the top of the second inning to tie the game, 3-3, so this game was always far from over. But the Twins’ barrage of Cole continued. In the bottom of the second, Buxton hit a three-run homer to push the Twins’ lead to 6-3. Trevor Larnach added another in the third to chase Cole.
The five home runs allowed are the most in a game in Cole’s career. He previously allowed three home runs in a game six different times, most recently June 27 last season against the Red Sox. He had never before even allowed four home runs in a game.
The final line for the Yankees’ ace: 2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
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