New York Yankees

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 15: Joey Gallo #13 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate after securing the 5-1 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 15, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


How would Nestor Cortes follow up his flirtation with a no-hitter in his last start against the Texas Rangers? How about hold the Chicago White Sox to just a run on three hits over eight innings!

Cortes was dominant once again for the New York Yankees, paving the way for the Bombers to walk away with a 5-1 win, even though the Yanks had only two hits offensively.

Cortes was so dominant on Sunday, that after giving up a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning, he never allowed another White Sox to reach base again for five consecutive innings. The only mistake he made was serving up a solo homer to Adam Engel in the eighth.

Cortes lowered his ERA from 1.41 to 1.35 with the effort; he has allowed only six earned runs in 40 innings all season. He has totally solidified a rotation that has stunned many in recent weeks with how good it has been behind ace Gerrit Cole.

Meanwhile the Yankees scored most of their runs the small ball way. Aaron Hicks and D.J. LeMahieu each drew bases loaded walks to plate runs in the second inning. Jose Trevino would also score in the second inning on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.

On a day in baseball where the Pittsburgh Pirates won a game 1-0 without recording a single hit, the Yankees were on their way to winning game recording only one hit all afternoon. That changed when Joey Gallo smacked a two-run homer to push the Yankees to a 5-1 lead.

At 25-9, the best record in baseball well in hand, the Yankees will visit the Orioles this week. New York is on a pace that is very similar to the ’98 Yankees who won 114 regular season games en route to the World Series. That team was 27-7 at this point in the season. Could history be repeating?