Yanks Utterly CRUSH Tigers. Cole Perfect Into 7th. NY 13 Detroit 0

This wasn’t just a crushing. It was an utter crushing.

Definition of the word ‘Utter’ from Merriam Webster: “carried to the utmost point or highest degree.”

Every time you looked down — if you were watching the game on your iPhone on Apple TV, which broadcast it — the Yanks were putting 2 more runs on the board.

You looked down it was 4-0.

You looked again it was 8-0.

A minute later you looked down it was 10-0.

You tweeted it — and looked down and it was 12-0!!!

Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole was pitching a Perfect Game! Into the 7th!!!

This coming the night after Jameson Taillon took a Perfect Game to the 8th!!!!

Manager Aaron Boone brought in Manny Banuelos to pitch the 8th and 9th and he threw down 2 shutout innings in his first appearance ever for the Yanks after all those years as a top prospect, arm injuries and trades — to add to the “Feel Good” vibes.

The Yankees are having a most amazing season so far. The win — the utter crushing of Detroit — puts their record at 37-15, a .712 winning percentage. The best record in baseball. Now 6 ahead of Tampa and 6.5 games ahead of Toronto which finally lost after 8 straight wins.

“It was pretty exciting,” said Cole afterwards. “The fans were in it. I heard them chanting my name which was pretty magical. It just means so much to us when we have them behind us. They can be such a force, almost will us to do better. We banged, we played great D, and Manny got in — so it was a great night.”

1. Yankee Bombers Utterly Destroy Detroit

It all started out peacefully enough against Detroit starter Elvin Rodriguez, a skinny 6’3, 160 lb 24-year-old righty, who shut the Yankees out thru the first 2 innings.

By the end of the evening he would allow 10 runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.

The looks on poor Rodriguez’s face were priceless as the balls were blasting off into the night air.

Jose Trevino started the scoring with a leadoff homer to start the 3rd.

Aaron Judge followed 2 batters later with his 20th home run of the year, a 378-foot blast to right, and it was 2-0 NY.

Rodriguez got the first 2 outs of the 4th, but then the backend of the Yankee lineup got him — Matt Carpenter reached on a bunt single that may have thrown Rodriguez’s concentration off. Because then Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled, and Jose Trevino tripled in two runs — Detroit centerfielder Willi Castro misJudging the ball,  coming in as the ball sailed over his head — to make it 4-0 NY.

Seconds later Aaron Hicks singled in Trevino to make it 5-0 NY.

In the 5th, DJ LeMahieu walked, Aaron Judge singled, and Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run, 430-foot bomb to right and it was 8-0.

A minute later, Miguel Andujar reached on an infield single and Matt Carpenter homered to right and it was 10-0.

Finally — Detroit replaced Rodriguez with Jacob Barnes, who carried in a big can of gasoline.

Seconds later, the Yanks lit it up: Kiner-Falefa singled, Trevino walked, Aaron Hicks got hit by a pitch, and LeMahieu singled in 2 more runs. 12-0 NY.

2. Cole Perfect Into 7th

Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole was lighting up the night himself — throwing a Perfect Game into the 7th. He got the first 6 outs on a flyout and 5 straight groundouts, then starting to mow people down with strikeouts.


  • Struck out the side in the 3rd,
  • Got a strikeout and 2 groundouts in the 4th,
  • Got a strikeout, groundout, flyout in the 5th,
  • Struck out the side in the 6th, and
  • Headed to the 7th leading 10-0 having retired 18 in a row.

Cole got the first 2 outs (fly out, ground out) of the 7th before 2nd baseman Jonathan Schoop singled to center to break it up.

“It was probably a B,” said Cole afterwards about the pitch to Schoop. “Cut to the corner a little bit. Not quite as much break as maybe we would like to. But after I saw the swing I had a pretty good feeling that if it was anywhere close he would have put a pretty good swing on it. Maybe if it wasn’t a strike we would have gotten some contact that went in our favor, but he was on it.”

Cole finished with 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 9 K’s, and 0 walks. He is now 5-1 2.78.

3. Banuelos Wraps It Up

Manny Banuelos came in to pitch the 8th and 9th and he threw down 2 shutout innings with his 94-MPH fastball, 86-MPH slider, 80-MPH curveball, and 84-MPH changeup.

“It was really special for all of us,” said Cole afterwards. “And especially for Manny and his family. And then we got a chance to celebrate it after the game. I’ve never been around a guy, whose had that type of journey, and make it all the way back to fulfill his dream. So that was really the coolest part of the night.”

And Aaron Judge knocked in another run with an RBI single in the 8th for the final 13-0 score.


  • Judge went 4 for 5 and is now slashing 20-41-.316 (.384). With the Yanks having played 52 games (just shy of the 1/3 mark of the season), Judge is on pace for 61 home runs.
  • The Yankees sent Miguel Andujar to AAA after the game, to make room on the roster for Giancarlo Stanton, who is due back from injury. That is a tough pill for Yankee fans and Andujar — who is a doubles machine and has been playing a good defensive left field. He went 1-5 in this game, so goes down with a .268 average.
  • Jose Trevino went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and the HR. He is now batting .289.
  • Kiner-Falefa went 2-4 and is at .272.

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