Yankees Narrowly Win in Cole’s Return

The New York Yankees narrowly defeated the Angels 2-1 on Monday evening. On the back of a Joey Gallo laser and a stellar outing from the returning Gerrit Cole, the Yankees roll happily into Tuesday’s doubleheader against the rival Red Sox.

Yankees Offense Does Just Enough

Following Justin Upton’s solo shot in the first, the Yankees answered right back. Aaron Judge lashed a single off the wall in right before Gallo continued his first power streak with his new club. The lefty powered a 112mph rope halfway up the 200s section in right to make it 2-1. His homer was his third in as many days.

But after the loud first, the Yankees bats were silenced by José Suarez. The Angels lefty remained untroubled until the fifth inning. He loaded the bases with three straight walks before Steve Cishek came on in relief. But as is the 2021 Yankees way, Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging and Luke Voit grounded into an inning-ending double play. From there, the offense was only a minor threat. But Gallo’s homer proved to be the winning difference.

Cole Wins First Game Following COVID

The Yankees ace returned to the mound with aplomb on Monday night. On a pitch count after a tough battle with COVID, Cole struck out nine and walked one over 5.2 innings, with Upton’s first-inning homer his only blemish. He displayed great command of all his pitches, successfully navigating his three duels with Shohei Ohtani. Zack Britton relieved Cole with two outs and a runner on in the sixth, striking out Jared Walsh.

From there, Aaron Boone mixed and matched relievers to complete the win. Albert Abreu breezed through his 1.2 innings with 2Ks, before Joely Rodríguez was called to face Ohtani. The left-handed caught the two-way star looking to end the eighth. Finally, Chad Green bounced back from his blown saves in Chicago and Kansas City to close out the Yankees win with two strikeouts.

Injury News and a Look Ahead

In good injury news, Gio Urshela is running at 80% according to Bryan Hoch, meaning a potential rehab stint by the weekend. Gary Sánchez could play a part in the doubleheader against Boston tomorrow, while Anthony Rizzo could rejoin the team to ramp up his rehab from COVID. However, bad injury news saw Clint Frazier transferred to the 60-day IL following a curtailed rehab stint.

The Yankees now sit only two games back of the Red Sox. Their rivals visit the Bronx for three games over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Luis Gil and Jordan Montgomery are slated to start the doubleheader Tuesday, with Andrew Heaney on Wednesday.

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