Gerrit Cole’s first crack of the 2022 season wasn’t exactly encouraging given his recent struggles against the Red Sox.
The Yankees’ ace was roughed up in the first inning, allowing three runs before he was able to make an out.
Before the game, Cole appeared frustrated and apparently yelled “Let’s f–king go” at the referees. YES Network announcers speculated that his frustration had to do with a slight delay in the game’s launch.
He was immediately wobbly out of the gate. He opened the game and allowed a walk to Kiké Hernandez, then allowed a second deck home run to Rafael Devers in the next at-bat.
Xander Bogearts then slammed a long single off the left field wall and JD Martinez drove him home with a double.
Cole appeared to calm down after that, retiring Alex Verdugo, Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec in turn, but it was an ominous debut in 2022 for the Yankees’ $324 million man.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the first frame, cutting Boston’s lead to one.
The Yankees’ 2021 season ended with Cole’s final appearance on the mound – against the same Red Sox in the Wild Card Game. Cole only lasted two innings in that game, a 6-2 loss.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/yankees-gerrit-cole-roughed-up-by-red-sox-in-rough-first-inning/ The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole was roughed up by the Red Sox in the rough first inning