The New York Yankees displayed a depressing 8-11 record entering April 24th. They needed to show up in a big way against Cleveland. The Bombers showed the world that they are capable of bouncing back in a 2-1 win. Despite a dreadful beginning to the season, the Yankees gave fans hope today with a bounce-back win supported by a stellar showing by Gerrit Cole. The game was an indicator of the fact that despite their rough start to the season, the Yankees should not be counted out.
The scoring did not begin until the fourth, with an Eddie Rosario RBI single for Cleveland. This was able to bring home Jose Ramirez and give Cleveland a 1-0 lead. However, the Yanks held up from here on out. In the fifth, the Yankees jumped ahead. Aaron Hicks started the scoring with a leadoff homer. The strike traveled 395 feet to right-center and occurred during a 1-2 count. Two strikeouts later, Rougned Odor stepped up to bat and homered on a 3-1 count. This was a no-doubter, traveling 426 feet to right-center. The scoring for the game ended here. However, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres all enjoyed hits themselves, with Judge recording a double.
While the Yankees fared well offensively, the focal point came while they were on the field. Stud pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched a gem for the Yanks. Throwing 111 pitches through seven innings, Cole gave up only three hits and one earned run. He also fanned 11 batters. This performance drops his season Earned Run Average (ERA) to an astonishing 1.71, good for sixth in the MLB. Cole also received the win for his performance, raising his record to 3-1 on the season.
Despite a gloomy start to the season for the Yankees, things are beginning to look up. Although there are certainly some unanswered questions that remain, there are still plenty of games left for the Bombers to right the ship. With that being said, there is plenty of hope left for a playoff run in the Bronx.