Sport Gerrit Cole pulled after just six outs as Red Sox stun Yankees early in AL wild card game
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pulled after six outs in AL wild-card game: 'Sick to my stomach'
Gerrit Cole, the Yankees ace, lasted only six outs against the Red Sox in the AL wild-card game. "I didn't perform the way I wanted to," he said.That’s all the New York Yankees received from their $324 million ace, at their most needful hour.
In a one-game playoff game against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone couldn't afford to wait.
Thus, we all witnessed something no one could've predicted in the American League wild card game: In the bottom of the third inning, with theand two men on base with no outs, Cole walked off the mound and into the dugout. His night ended after 50 pitches — only 30 were strikes.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is knocked out of AL wild-card game in third inning
Cole allowed four hits and two walks in his two-plus innings. He left down 3-0 and was responsible for both runners on base. Another former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Clay Holmes, came in to relieve Cole. He got a strikeout and double play to escape the jam.Boone did not want to give the Red Sox a chance to do even more damage against Cole with the stakes so high. The winner of the game moves on to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, while the season ends for the loser.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.
Xander Bogaerts blasted a 427-foot, two-run homer off Cole in the first, then Kyle Schwarber launched a solo shot in the third. Cole then allowed two more to reach base before Boone yanked him.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com:
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