Gerrit Cole and the Yankee bullpen tamed the Angels while Joey Gallo provided a 2-run homer for the only Yankee runs — and the only runs the Yankees would need — as NY beat LA 2-1 on a Monday night at the Stadium. The game was a makeup of an earlier rainout; LA was in town for just the one game. The Yanks ready for Boston next.
1. Cole Terrific
Gerrit Cole was pitching for the first time after coming off the COVID 10-day IL. He allowed a homerun to Justin Upton in the top of the 1st, but then pitched shutout ball into the 6th — when he was lifted after 90 pitches when Rougned Odor made an error at 3rd on what should have been the final out of another 1-2-3 inning. The Yanks brought Zack Britton in and he got the final out of the inning on a strikeout.
Cole 🚂 is up and runnin' pic.twitter.com/Xynq3oon1z
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2021
Cole’s final line: 5.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 9 K’s, 1 walk. He got the win to go 11-6 3.04 on the year.
2. Gallo Homer the Only Yankee Offense
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st, Aaron Judge singled and Joey Gallo hit a 412-foot homer to right off Angels starter Jose Suarez for a 2-0 Yankee lead. It was all the runs the Yanks would get and all they’d need.
Moonshot by Galloleo. pic.twitter.com/x6SQaVLo9b
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2021
3. Yanks Blow Chance for More Runs in 6th
Up only 2-1, the Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 6th after Suarez walked DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Joey Gallo to lead off the inning. LA brought in reliever Steve Cishek, who struck out Giancarlo Stanton and got Luke Voit to hit into a double play to 3rd.
4. Yank Bullpen Terrific
Albert Abreu looked good again — pitching 1.2 innings (the 7th and into the 8th) of no-hit, shutout ball. With 2 outs in the 8th, Joely Rodriguez was brought in to face Shohei Ohtani, and struck him out on a beautiful 94-MPH sinker.
And Chad Green pitched a strong 9th, getting the save. He got the first 2 outs of the inning, then allowing a single, but striking out Philip Gosselin for the old ballgame.