New York Yankees

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees pitches in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 18, 2022 in Baltimore Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Yankees are still on fire — even on a night when the bats are on ice.

The Yankees had only six hits and didn’t hit a home run at all, but still found a way to top the Orioles for the seventh time this year by the score of 3-2 thanks to a stellar effort by Gerrit Cole.

Cole held the Orioles to just two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five.

More importantly he made the three runs the Yankees scratched out in the top of the first inning stand up. The Orioles were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base against Cole.

“It’s been a great start, no question,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just really pleased with how they’re doing it — in a lot of different ways. Tonight we leaned on the pitching and great baserunning.”

Great baserunning is right. Gleyber Torres’ two-out double brought in Anthony Rizzo to make it 1-0.  Torres and John Donaldson would later score in the first inning on a wild pitch and an error by the Orioles to make it 3-0.

After a rough start to the season — where many were questioning whether Cole wasn’t the ace the Yankees thought they signed two off-seasons ago, Cole has given up only six earned run in his last 31.1 innings of work, or a 1.72 ERA.  There is no question who is the ace. It’s Gerrit Cole.

The Yankees stand at 28-9, the best record in Major League Baseball. They have won four in a row; nine of their last 10, and 21 of their last 24 games.