New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 16: New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers a pitch to the plate during the first inning of the Major League Baseball ALDS Game 4 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians on October 16, 2022, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

YANKEES 4 – GUARDIANS 2
SERIES TIED 2-2

The Yankees needed it, and Gerrit Cole was ready to deliver. With the Yankees facing elimination on Sunday night, the Yankees ace stepped up in a big way, holding the Guardians to just two runs on six hits over seven innings of work.

In two starts in this series, Cole has a 2.03 ERA in 13-1/3 innings of work and has made fans long forget his nightmarish postseason appearance last year in Boston. The Yankees wanted an ace when they signed Cole three seasons ago at $346 million, and they hope that Sunday’s valiant effort will result in Cole getting the ball again come Game 3 on a potential ALCS against Houston.

Until then there is work to be done. The Yankees will start Jameson Tallion on Monday night in the Bronx in a winner-take-all Game 5 against Cleveland. Tallion gave up a pair of runs to Cleveland in this Series back on Friday in Game 2. It will be interesting to see how long a leash manager Aaron Boone gives Tallion and whether the Yankees would dare go to Nestor Cortes on three days’ rest out of the bullpen.

Before Game 5 commences on Monday night, let’s look back at some key moments from Sunday!

  • Harrison Bader Having A Big Series

    Harrison Bader is having a monster series. The former St. Louis Cardinals center fielder has been a revelation since the Yankees acquired him for Jordan Montgomery. It started during his rehab in Double-A Somerset, and has continued since. He hit his third homer of the series on Sunday.

  • Josh Naylor's Bizarre Home Run Trout

    What the heck was with Josh Naylor’s “baby carrying” home run trout? Anyone get it?

  • Gerrit Cole's brilliance

    Cole held the Guardians down all night, and has given New York a chance to advance tonight in Game 5 of the ALDS.

  • Aaron Boone Reflects on Game 4

    Manager Aaron Boone drew a lot of heat on Saturday for his decision to not pitch Clay Holmes in the Yankees 6-5 defeat. He pitched Holmes in the eighth inning on Sunday night. Holmes dominated in his inning of work, while Wandy Peralta bounced back nicely in the ninth.

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