It was a night to forget for Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees. The AL East’s runaway leaders fell to their second straight defeat to the Seattle Mariners, this time losing 7-3, on Wednesday.
The Mariners made a blistering start and raced to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first. Eugenio Suarez, Carlos Santana, and Jarred Kelenic homered during Seattle’s six-run blitz.
RHP Gerrit Cole allowed all six of those runs, including three homers. His spell costly drew a resounding round of boos from the tough New York crowd.
In total, Cole allowed seven hits, struck out eight, and walked one in six innings. He was given a 3-0 lead in his previous two starts against the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, but he couldn’t solidify either victories for the Yankees.
Yankees fans were left fuming after Cole’s latest installment in a series of bad displays.
Their rivals, on the other hand, are having a field day. They enjoy every bit of pandemonium.
Some New York Yankees fans have had enough of Frank Sinatra playing at Yankee Stadium after losses. Honestly, can you blame them?
The New York Yankees have now lost five of their last 10 games. While their top league status is not under threat anytime soon, their postseason aspirations will slowly start taking a hit if they don’t stop making costly mistakes.
It’s not just today’s defeat, but the manner in which it happened is causing concern. Throwing away a game beyond recovery in the first inning is unacceptable.
Missing out on Luis Castillo could prove to be costly for the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees missed out on top RHP candidate Luis Castillo during the trade window. Their loss was Seattle’s enormous gain, who ended up landing the two-time All-Star.
Making his Mariners debut at Yankee Stadium, Castillo held New York to three runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight.
Castillo held the Yankees to one run before conceding a two-run homer to Kyle Higashioka. It didn’t matter, as Seattle was already cruising 7-1 and had the game in the bag.
Entering Wednesday, the entire Yankees rotation had an ERA of 4.23 since July 5 – the eighth-worst in MLB during this period. The arrival of Frankie Montas is hopefully going to fix that crisis. If it doesn’t, not going all out for Castillo will seem like a big, big mistake.