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New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole had a miserable time on June 9 facing off against the Minnesota Twins.
The Minnesota Twins have certainly been a handful for the New York Yankees during their three game series. On June 8, the Twins chased Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes, resulting in an 8-1 win. On June 9, the Yankees had the chance to secure the series win by sending out ace Gerrit Cole to the mound.
For Cole, he had an absolutely miserable time in Minnesota, as he surrendered back-to-back-to-back home runs to Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa to start the bottom of the first inning. Those were the first three batters that Cole faced!
Twins have home run party at expense of Gerrit Cole
That instantly negated the Yankees taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after a sacrifice fly by Josh Donaldson allowed Aaron Judge to score.
As for Cole, things only got worse. Much worse.
In the bottom of the second, Cole surrendered another home run to Buxton, who had two men on base to extend their lead to 6-3. Then in the third, Cole surrendered his fifth home run of the game, this time to Trevor Larnach to see Minnesota’s lead grow to 7-3.
Cole eventually exited the game one at-bat later after surrendering a double to former Yankee and current Twins infielder Gio Urshela. New York’s ace finished the game surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits (five home runs) in 2.1 innings. Cole recorded just three strikeouts and walked two batters.
That is how you set the tone for a game. The Twins showed no mercy against Cole and the Yankees early on.