New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run home run to center field in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on May 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

It was the tale of two games, literally for the New York Yankees, as they split a double-header with the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon, as the Yankees walked off the opener 2-1, only to see Texas steal the nightcap in the late stages by the count of 4-2.

In Game 1, Gleyber Torres played the role of the hero, winning the contest in the ninth inning on a walk-off homer to right field off reliever John King.

The victory capped off an stellar effort made earlier in the contest by starter Gerrit Cole who held the Rangers to only a run on five hits over 5.1 innings of work. He also struck out 10 batters in the game.

The second game had a Somerset Patriots feel to it as former Yankees prospect Glenn Otto, who starred with the Somerset Patriots, the Yankees Double-A affiliate last season made his third start of the year for the Texas Rangers. It was his first shot against his former team. Ironically, one of the Yankees Otto faced was his former Patriots teammate Estevan Florial, whom Otto retired twice.

Former Patriot Glenn Otto

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 08: Former Yankees prospect and Somerset Patriots starting pitcher Glenn Otto #49 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Yankees were able to plate two runs on Otto thanks in big part to Giancarlo Stanton who crushed a pitch to left-center field in the bottom of the third inning.

The Rangers would rally in the late stages. Eli White knocked a solo home run off starter Jordan Montgomery to lead off the sixth inning to cut the Yankees lead down to 2-1. In the seventh, Texas tied it on a wild pitch by Michael King, allowing Jonah Heim to score. Later Brad Miller crushed a two-run bomb to center to push Texas in front 4-2.

The Yankees and Rangers play again on Monday afternoon in a make-up of Saturday’s wash out.