Everyone was a part of the fun. The Yankees had two batters leading 2–0 as Aaron Judge missed a baseball on a Cleveland night. Brett Gardner turned the clock back five years. Shane Bieber, the Shu Young winner, looked like a deer wandering on the Cross Bronx Expressway. Despite having no fan inside Progressive Field, you can still hear that a million Ohioans began to behead their “wait-til-next-year”.
And, with Gerrit Cole throwing seven innings and allowing two runs and six hits, he struck out 13 batters and walked none, and in the entire history of postson baseball, only one pitcher has ever done that in 13/0 overs: 1 against Tom Sewer, 1973 NLCS, Game of the Reds.
(Spinner ALERT: Sewer and the Mets lost that game, 2–1)
Cole was not going to lose it. The Yankees weren’t letting him go, but even though he didn’t run up Cole was everything he ever should have been: a me-a-ball monster, a Game 1 animal. Even then when the Indians began to get a better swing against him, falling 3–1 to 3–0 and piercing 5–1 to 5–2, there was not a moment when Cole did not come under control.
Aaron Bonne said, “Gerrit threw the ball the way he did.”
And he was big, big-to-life, big from jumping, blowing up Francisco Lindor and Cesar Hernandez, then enduring a weak pop-up from Jose Ramirez, the Indians’ best hitter. Cole didn’t even wait for his descent to begin as that ball soared high on the infield, immediately chasing him off the field. He knows the area. He knew she was locked inside.
“I thought he looked really sharp,” Boone said. “He was mixed in all four pitches and he was bent on all of them.”
He actually had more than that. Cole was able to spend some part of the day with his wife, Amy, and their 3-month-old son, Caden – at least between naps – and Coles was part of a hugged Yankees family inside Progressive.
Young Caden would not miss the night except for photos and videos protected by her mom in her cell phone, but that meant everything to her father.
“Jeez,” Cole said, “as a family, this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to go to the ballpark as a family and it’s something I’ll always remember.”
“I never thought that their first game would be in Cleveland,” he said, but then, what about 2020 has a script come anywhere to follow?
Cole’s performance, indeed. Of course, that’s why the Yankees supported and anointed the Brinks. Every part of it was pointing to several Game 1s over the next few years, starting with this. Bieber may have dismissed him in the 60-match regular season.
But when the lights clicked on the progressive field, when the plug-in went into the wall, starting the 2020 playoff, it was Cole who played the part of the stopper. Bieber will have plenty of tomorrow to look forward to, but as usual, the Yankees are about now. Cole fitted them. They fitted him. On Tuesday night, it seemed like a happier wedding than Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
“We needed to set a tone for the series,” Cole said. “I am obviously very grateful and humbled to take the ball and be in this situation, to be able to make me feel good, my son felt great here. It was definitely a special night. Especially in this year, there are too many baseball games to win. We will celebrate the good stuff and see you later [Wednesday]. ”
Assuming that all goes well from here and that the offensive attack did not “come on Eileen”, which was a one-hit wonder, other games would be 1s ahead for Cole, on other nights when Cole had to take the ball. Will be called And on those nights it would be the Yankees who would be grateful to him.