It was hot and humid on the field, but it was a Cole World for the Nationals.
Gerrit Cole dealt five innings of one run ball and surrendered just one hit. The Yankees rolled over Washington 4-1 in a rain shortened game on Thursday night.
Giancarlo Stanton made an early statement by crushing a 459 foot no doubter off Max Scherzer in the 1st inning. The homer scored Aaron Judge, who had reached on a single earlier.
Cole surrendered a solo homer to Adam Eaton in the 1st, but that would be it for Washington. The Yankee ace didn’t have his best stuff, but it didn’t matter. He dialed it up to 99 miles per hour with ease, and the Washington hitters were constantly trying to catch up. Cole struck out five over five and earned his first win as a Yankee.
Incredibly, the Yankees got the win without using any of the bullpen. This will allow Aaron Boone to go full throttle with his pen over the weekend.
The Yankees are 1-0. Judge and Stanton are locked in. See you at the parade.