CLEVELAND – The wait was the hardest part. As it rained Friday night, the Yankees had to wait longer to get rid of that taste. After a loss to Houston on Thursday, they just needed to get back on the field and do what they do. The Guardians paid that price Saturday when the Yankees swept the double-split game.
In the first game, Gerrit Cole threw six solid innings and Matt Carpenter hit two homers to win 13-4. At the night party, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton faced off and Nestor Cortes gave them six one-run innings and three hits in a 6-1 victory.
In the first game, the Yankees (58-21) improved to 16-5 in games after the loss this season, and with the second win they got their 20th series of the season.
“I just think there’s a lot of harshness and noise in the clubhouse,” Carpenter said. “There’s a lot of fire, and a lot of guys who care. It’s easy when you have the talent we have to win games, but do it in a way that we’ve been able to do it that way. … That’s a great statistic, guys. that they were able to turn the page and show up the next day ready to start and a lot of good ball players, a lot of guys chasing it. And, you know, do the right things. “
The Yankees did it almost all Saturday afternoon.
Cole allowed two runs, both with homers, with three hits. He walked three and put on six. It was the third time this season that he allowed multiple homers in a game and has yielded 14 long balls in total. He had nine swings and errors, five of which came to his slider.
The Guardians reached Cole in the second inning. Josh Naylor crushed a 417-foot homer from a 91 mph cutter to lead the second. It was Naylor’s first hit against Cole in seven attempts. Franmil Reyes followed with a 379-foot homer of his own to give Cleveland a short-lived 2-0 lead.
But the Yankees attack erased it easily.
Carpenter, who was unemployed at home when the Yankees signed him in May, hit the seventh and eighth homers of the season. The first in the sixth inning and the second out of fielder Ernie Clement in the ninth. The 36-year-old had seven homers in total during the previous two seasons in 418 at bat.
Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu also made home runs. Miguel Andujar, in his first game back in the big leagues since June 3, made a single in two races. Aaron Hicks made a single on another. Gleyber Torres had three hits and made three runs.
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In the second game, Rizzo scored his 22nd homer of the season and Stanton his 20th. The Yankees have three batters: Aaron Judge (29), Rizzo and Stanton, with at least 20 homers before the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history.
Josh Donaldson doubled in a run and scored on a pitching error. Isiah Kiner-Falefa made a single in one race and Kyle Higashioka introduced another with a sacrifice fly.
Joey Gallo broke a 0-of-27 streak with a single in the third inning.
Cortes, who allowed 12 runs won in 14.2 innings in his last three starts, ceded a first-in home run to former Mets shortstop of the future Amed Rosario and that was it. He put on six and didn’t walk a single batter. At one point 13 in a row withdrew.
He went back to business.
“I really feel like they’re on a mission,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said. “I feel like they handle victories and defeats well, but I also think they get angry when they lose and take it a little personal.
“We put it on and overcome it. It’s not like it lasts or anything, but they’re marked and they’ve had it. [mindset of] don’t give anything away. … We’re about 80 games here and inevitably you have this game every now and then where you feel like you’re lethargic. Even during this stretch, there have been a couple of days where you feel like it could have been like that. They haven’t let this settle in and their energy has been very good every day. “