Gerrit Cole ties Ron Guidry’s Yankees all-time batting record in 8-3 win over Blue Jays on historic night – The Denver Post

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Gerrit Cole ties Ron Guidry's Yankees all-time batting record in 8-3 win over Blue Jays on historic night - The Denver Post
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TORONTO — On the night Aaron Judge tied an iconic American League and Yankees record, Gerrit Cole had his own moment.

Although largely eclipsed by Judge tying Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61, Cole tied Ron Guidry’s Yankee single-season record of 248 strikeouts in the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game.

“I think it’s more special because of what Aaron did tonight to be honest,” Cole said, referring to Judge’s big night. “It’s really, obviously a really special number. Guidry has been so good to us and so magical and his record has stood for so long. I don’t think you’ll ever dream of it, but just to be mentioned in the same categories. The legends of the Yankees, it’s a little hard for me to understand at this point.

Still, the Yankees needed Judge’s two-point shot in the top of the seventh to get back past the Blue Jays after Cole spit a three-point lead in the bottom of the sixth. The Bombers went on to win 8-3 at Rogers Centre. With just one more start heading into the playoffs, however, Cole raised more questions about his ability to handle adversity on the mound.

He was working on a perfect game at the time and gave up a solo shot to lead the sixth to receiver Danny Jansen. He gave up a single to Whit Merrifield and walked No. 9 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. Cole, then obviously balked at putting them both in scoring position. Bo Bichette chose with one out to bring in Merrifield and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. flew to left field to bring in Bradley to tie the game.

Jansen’s home run was the 32nd career home run Cole has allowed this season. While the one-run homer with a three-run lead isn’t among the 19 dropped homers that broke a tie, tied a game or cost the Yankees a lead, this one clearly rocked Cole and led to his outcome .

Cole gave up three runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out four in 6.1 innings pitched.

Cole tied Guidry’s franchise mark in 1978 on a curveball that Raimel Tapia swung. The Yankees ace now holds the single-season strikeout record for two franchises with his 326 punches in 2019 for the Astros. He is just one of five big league pitchers to do so, joining Pedro Martinez (313 with the Red Sox in 1999 and 305 with the Expos in 1997), Randy Johnson (372 with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and 308 and with the Mariners in 1993). ), Nolan Ryan (301 with the Rangers in 1989 and 383 with the Angels in 1973) and Rube Waddell (232 with the St. Louis Browns in 1908 and 349 with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1904).

As the world waited for Judge to level Maris, he walked his fifth straight to lead the game. Judge, who was in his last four at bats in Tuesday night’s win, took a 2-0 lead over Mitch White before the Blue Jays right-hander came back to 2-2. Then White nibbled low and walked Judge on six pitches. The judge ended up scoring the first of three for the first. It came on Josh Donaldson’s single. Oswald Peraza picked fellow rookie Oswaldo Cabrera, who had walked behind Judge and Donaldson scored on Marwin Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly.

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