But Cole settled down and ended up giving the Yanks 6.1 innings of one-run ball, which was enough to earn him the win as the Yankees got a leg up on the Cleveland Guardians.
It was Cole’s ninth postseason win, dating all the way back to 2013.
NY #Yankees ace Gerrit Cole became just the third pitcher in #MLB history to win nine of his first 15 career postseason games, joining Chris Carpenter and Orlando Hernandez. He is now 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA, permitting two or fewer runs in 10 of the games in his postseason career.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 12, 2022
Cole Settles In, Makes Postseason History
After a rough beginning, Cole settled back in and gave the Yankees the quality start they needed in order to take a 1-0 lead in the ALDS.
And so, Cole finds himself in some legendary company with two of the greatest starting pitchers in postseason history.
Cole’s only blemish was a home run hit by Guardians rookie sensation Steven Kwan in the top of the third inning.
This was what the Yankees needed in order to take early command of the ALDS.
On Thursday, they’ll send left-hander Nestor Cortes to the hill for Game 2 as they try to go to Cleveland with a 2-0 series lead.
Shane Bieber will get the start for Cleveland.