The Yankees fought back to take Game 4. In a do-or-die situation, they put the ball in the hands of their ace, the guy they lavished so much money on for situations just like this, to bring them home a championship,
Garrit Cole shut down the pesky Guardians, striking out eight in seven innings. And this is a team that doesn’t strike out. That’s how nasty his stuff was last night.
That and a two-run homer from Harrison Bader, acquired at the trade deadline to be what Joey Gallo wasn’t, that extra outfielder who they could count.
Like the night before, the Guardians entered the game down two in the bottom of the ninth. Unlike the night before, they couldn’t generate anything.
So now, the series heads back to New York, without an off day, for Game 5 tonight.
Cole was the winning pitcher in both the Games the Yankees have won. When he hasn’t started, the Yankees have lost. New York is going to need to generate some energy that’s not reliant on Cole.