Gerrit Cole Leads Yanks to 8-1 Start; NY 6 Philly 3 — Aug 3, 2020

Another game, another win — made easy by having Gerrit Cole on the mound. This game had been postponed to this date, leading one Philadelphia fan to tweet “So after 8 days off the Phillies get the honor of facing Cole. Fire Manfred into the fucking SUN.” It was Cole’s first game in pinstripes — something he has said he’s always dreamed about, growing up as a Yankee fan.

Cole Clamped Down the Phillies

Cole clamped the Phillies down into the 7th, allowing a 3rd-inning solo homer to Jay Bruce. By that time the Yanks had a 6-1 lead and were cruising when the rains came. There were several rain delays to this game as dark skies above yielded to thunderstorms throughout the evening as an advent to the Hurricane Isaias coming up the coast (it is currently in the Carolinas).

The Yanks got a run right away for Cole, on a homer by DJ LeMahieu in the bottom of the 1st. Brett Gardner got the Yanks back on top 2-1 with a homer in the 3rd after Bruce’s homer off Cole tied it. Aaron Hicks doubled in a run later in the 3rd to make it 3-1 Yanks.

Urshela Offense and DEFENSE

Gio Urshela hit a 3-run bomb in the 6th to put the game away at 6-1. Urshela also played spectacular defense in the field, leading Gerrit Cole to say this about Ushela after the game: “”I like the D. The D was nasty.”

Aaron Boone added this about Urshela: “He’s a true two-way player now. I’m just really glad he’s on our side.”

No Homer for Judge

Aaron Judge did not hit a homerun — fans were watching every at bat to see if he could have his 6th straight game with a homer — but he did go 2-4 to raise his average to .314.

It’s All Green

Brooks Kriske relieved Cole and struggled — he was getting his 95 mph fastball over but missing with his off-speed pitch; with a run in and two on Chad Green came in and blew through the Philly batters with 2 straight strikeouts on 8 pitches (7 strikes).

Luis Avilan allowed a run in the 8th, and Zack Britton pitched a shutout 9th for the save.

Sanchez Struggling Again

Gary Sanchez continues to struggle — 0-4 he is batting .080 to start the season. Giancarlo Stanton was 0-2 with a walk and stole a base like a gazelle showing he is healthy.

The Yanks are now 8-1.

The Boxscore

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