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Yankees unable to cash in against Cole in Game 3 loss

NEW YORK — The Yankees had their chances against Gerrit Cole but could not push across a run against arguably the best pitcher in the Majors this year. Cole’s final line looked dominant, as he held the Bombers scoreless in seven innings but the right-hander clearly did not have his best stuff, as he walked five Yankees.

Unfortunately for New York, the team just could not get the big hit, leaving multiple men on base in a frustrating game all throughout. The Yankees had their chances against Cole; they just couldn’t cash in.

The series is far from over but the Yankees must look at Games 4 and 5 as must-win scenarios with both Cole and Justin Verlander looming when the series swings back to Houston.

On the other side, Luis Severino was just unable to match his counterpart. The two runs he gave up were on solo home runs to Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick but another three hits and three walks did not even let him get past the fifth.

The Yankees had their best chance to respond in the first inning, when DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge laced singles to open the game against Cole. However, after two consecutive flyouts, Gleyber Torres worked a walk to set the stage for Didi Gregorius.

Unfortunately for Gregorius, he grounded out and Cole got out of the frame unscathed.

The game remained closed until Adam Ottavino entered the game. As he has struggled all postseason, the right-hander walked and allowed a single to George Springer and Altuve, respectively, before he was pulled from the game. Zack Britton entered to clean up the mess but both runners came around to score later in the frame to make it 4-0, Houston.

Gleyber Torres finally put the Yankees on the board with an eighth inning solo shot but it was just too little too late for the Bombers.

The forecast is not looking good for tomorrow’s Game 4, but both teams are expected to have bullpen days if it does push thru. Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke are expected to take the mound if the game is postponed and moved back a day.