NEW YORK — Gerrit Cole’s masterpiece on Sunday left his manager still avowing that his star pitcher is, somehow, an underrated entity in Major League Baseball, though it won’t take too long for the rest of the baseball world to catch on to the historic start that Cole has gotten off to in 2023.
Cole recorded 10 strikeouts on his way to throwing a complete game shutout as the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-0 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. DJ LeMahieu drove in both runs for New York, who managed a split of the four-game series against Minnesota.
Cole threw 109 pitches in the shutout while facing just two batters over the minimum. Only one runner for the Twins reached second base, and that came in the sixth inning and the Yankees holding to a slim 1-0 lead. Cole induced a ground ball from Carlos Correa to third base that ended the only scoring threat the Twins had.
The 10 batters that Cole fanned tied Ron Guidry’s franchise record with 23 games recording at least 10 strikeouts in a game.