The New York Yankees dropped the season opener on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. The Bombers couldnâ€™t capitalize on a great outing by ace Gerrit Cole and an impressive two-run home run by catcher Gary Sanchez.
The Yankees were winning 2-1 as the sixth inning arrived in the Bronx. However, Cole, at that point, allowed a mammoth game-tying home run to Teoscar Hernandez on hanging slider that caught all of the middle of the plate.
In the end, the Yankeesâ€™ ace pitched 5.1 innings of two-run ball, conceding five hits and two walks while striking out eight Blue Jays. It wasnâ€™t his finest performance, but it wasnâ€™t bad by all means. The offense couldnâ€™t produce when it counted and the extra-inning rule ended up favoring the visitors.
â€œI just want that slider back,â€ Cole said according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. â€œIt was such a bad pitch. I just wanted to finish a little better and obviously to have held the lead there.â€
The Yankees had their chances
After several missed opportunities, including Mike Tauchman being thrown out at home in the bottom of the ninth after a DJ LeMahieu grounder to third, the Blue Jays went ahead in the 10th with a Randa Grichukâ€™s RBI double against Nick Nelson, who pitched a fine inning but was done by the extra inning rule that puts a runner on second with no outs after the ninth frame.
â€œThey made the pitches today; we just couldnâ€™t break through with a big hit,â€ Boone said. â€œWe had our chances. I thought we pitched the ball pretty well and made the plays. We gave ourselves opportunities. If we continue to do that, weâ€™ll break through.â€
As for Cole, he went home thinking about that hanging slider, and how the Yankees could have won without it. But itâ€™s baseball, and these things happen. Heâ€™ll get his revenger next week.