Giancarlo Clutch HR Gets Cole the Win. NY 5 Detroit 1

Giancarlo Stanton's clutch 451-foot, 2-run missile with 2 outs in the 6th was his 400th homer and made Gerrit Cole a winner.

Gerrit Cole pitched another terrific start but was not going to get the win again — having thrown 104 pitches through 6 innings with the score tied 1-1.

But with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th, Giancarlo Stanton came through with a 2-run Missile to left for a 3-1 Yankee lead — making Cole the winning pitcher. It was Giancarlo’s 400th career homer, and he got a curtain call for it.

The bullpen of Tommy Kahnle, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Clay Holmes took it from there with 3 shutout innings.

NY made it easy for Holmes by adding 2 in the 9th on a Gleyber Torres double that knocked in Aaron Judge (who had walked) and The Martian Jasson Dominguez (who had doubled).

On a HOT, HUMID Tuesday night in the Bronx — game-time temps in the mid 80’s after a 95-degree day during a mini heat wave.

“He’s as unique as I’ve ever seen, honestly,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Giancarlo Stanton. “He can have those at bats where his bat breaks in half and the barrel ends up on the net behind home plate and the ball trickles out, and the next time hit it 118. I don’t know if there’s anything that I’ve seen like G.”

NY is back to .500 at 69-69, and now 7.5 behind the last Wild Card, held by Toronto. Detroit falls to 63-75.

1. The Martian Phones Home

It was the first game at Yankee Stadium for Jasson Dominguez. The Bleacher Creature Role Call for The Martian was “Jaassssson Do-Min-guez” — not “The Martian” as some had hoped on Twitter.

In response, Dominguez put his fingers into a triangle and pantomimed “ET Phones Home”, raising his finger up.

2. LeMahieu Leads Off with Homer

Detroit threw their bullpen at the Yanks, ‘opening’ with reliever Alex Faedo, who pitched the first 2.2 innings. DJ LeMahieu greeted Faedo with a 369-foot homer to right center on a 3-2 fastball leading off the bottom of the 1st for a 1-0 Yankee lead.

3. Cole Improves Bid for Cy Young

Gerrit Cole motored through the Detroit lineup in typical fashion, shutting them out into the 6th, holding up the scant 1-0 lead the offense had given him, in typical fashion.

But rightfielder Kerry Carpenter led off the 6th with a triple, and scored on a single by Miguel Cabrera for a tie game. Cole retired the rest of the side in order and was done for the night at 104 pitches. His line: 6 IP, 7 Hits, 1 run, 7 K’s, 0 walks.

“It was just so thick tonite,” said Cole afterwards about the hot night. “Anyone who was at the park — the humidity was something else.”

Giancarlo’s homer in the bottom of the 6th would make Cole the winner, improving his slash line to 13-4 2.90. He leads the American League again in ERA.

Elsewhere, Nathan Eovaldi was starting for Texas for the first time since Mid July, and he got creamed: 4 runs on 5 hits in 1.1 innings as Houston clobbered Texas 14-1. Eovaldi drops to 11-4 2.95.

4. Giancarlo CLUTCH Missile in 6th

After LeMahieu’s homer, the Detroit bullpen of Faedo, Will Vest, and Joey Wentz kept the Yanks at bay.

Until the 6th, when Aaron Judge led off against Wentz with a walk. Wentz got The Martian to ground out, and was relieved by Jose Cisnero, who got Gleyber to ground out.

2 outs — and it looked like another Gerrit Cole terrific performance would go to the wind.

There was one last shot — Giancarlo Stanton. The count went 1-1, when Giancarlo HAMMERED a 451-foot MISSILE to left for a 3-1 Yankee lead ! Gerrit Cole tipped his hat from the dugout. It was Giancarlo’s 400th homer of his career.

“Admittedly and embarrassingly I told that ball to get up — it didn’t need any help!” said Cole afterwards.

5. Cole’s Story About Giancarlo

Cole told a story about Giancarlo after the game: “I can’t remember the year but Giancarlo and I caught up in the outfield in Miami, both being Southern California guys, talking about the adjustments to the east coast and whatever, and he asked me, ‘Could you just give me a fastball down the middle tomorrow, I’m just going to go the other way — I need to find my swing.’ So I’m locked up with Jofer (the late Jose Fernandez) for like 7 innings and I got to Giancarlo for the 3rd time around and not being one to go back on my word or shy away from a challenge I gave him a fastball right down the middle, but he totally reneged and clobbered it off the fish that was still out there in left center and tied the ballgame and I lost the win. But what a blessing for me to have played against such a wonderful talent, and now be on the same side of such a wonderful talent. A true professional on how he goes about his business and what he brings to the park every single day. And to leave it at this — he just totally redeemed himself getting me that win.”

6. Bullpen Spotless

And then the bullpen came to Cole’s aide:

  • Tommy Kahnle with a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th — ground out, strikeout, ground out.
  • Jonathan Loaisiga with a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th — ground out, ground out, strike out.

7. Judge, The Martian, & Gleyber Hook Up

Aaron Judge led off the 9th with another walk — Judge was 1-1 on the night with 3 walks. Jasson Dominguez followed with a double to right center and it was 2nd and 3rd nobody out.

It was The Martian’s first hit at Yankee Stadium (in his first game at Yankee Stadium).

Next batter Gleyber Torres ripped a double to left scoring Judge and The Martian and it was NY 5 Detroit 1.

Gleyber got picked off 2nd; the Yanks did not score further.

8. Holmes Finishes

The 5-1 lead made it easy for Clay Holmes, who allowed a 2-out single to Javier Baez, but got catcher Jake Rogers to line out to Judge for the old ballgame.

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