After the New York Yankees escaped with only one win against the Toronto Blue Jays, they returned home to the Bronx. The Yankees got set to play against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Thursday. However, rain continues to haunt the Yankees. Now the Yankees had to play a doubleheader on Friday. Gerrit Cole would start for the Yankees in the first game. Cole is desperately seeking a win due to his recent struggles this season. This doubleheader for the Yankees is crucial, for the Yankees need to stay alive in the playoff race. Luke Voit would help them tremendously, but first, let’s see what happened in Game 1.
Cole Helps Hold Down Game 1
For Yankee fans, this game is what they wanted to see from Gerrit Cole. Gerrit Cole dominated the Orioles by pitching four no-hit innings. He would eventually give up a hit to Hanser Alberto to break up the non-official no-hitter. He managed to pitch all seven innings and get nine strikeouts in the process. Not only was the first start from Gerrit Cole this season in which not only did he get a shutout, but he also never gave up a home run. This performance should be a template for the future starts for Gerrit Cole.
On the offensive side, the bats seemed to have finally woken up. DJ LeMahieu started the first inning with a home run for the Yankees to put them up 1-0. With help from a Luke Voit single, Brett Gardner finally got his bat going with a two-run- home run to put the Yankees up 2-0. Kyle Higashioka had a two-run- home run in the second inning thanks to a Mike Tauchman single, to put the Yankees on top 5-0 in the second. The Yankees offense would score one more in the sixth inning thanks to a Mike Tauchman RBI single to make it 6-0 Yankees. Brooks Kriske came in to close out the 7th inning, and the Yankees won the first game 6-0. The Yankees now looked to sweep the doubleheader in game 2.
Luke Voit Helps Big Time in Game 2
While this may not have been the best game for Masahiro Tanaka, he still did a pretty good job. Tanaka struck out five batters and only gave up three hits. One of those hits was a DJ Stewart home run in the 1st inning. But it was the Yankees offense that made this one of the best games of the season. The Yankees scored first in the 1st inning, thanks to Clint Frazier‘s fielder’s choice that sent DJ LeMahieu to home plate. But Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar‘s base hits helped the Yankees score the other three runs to make it 4-1 Yankees.
For the rest of the game, there is one player that deserves a game MVP. Luke Voit hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning that put the Yankees up 7-1, but Voit wasn’t done yet. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Voit hit a three-run home run to make the score 10-1 Yankees. Keep in mind Voit is dealing with some foot issues. Not only that, but he is also currently tied with Mike Trout (at 16) for leading the MLB in home runs. The Yankees would go on to win 10-1 and sweep the doubleheader against the Orioles.
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