The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees, 7-3, on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s their second straight victory in New York.
The M’s were able to decide the outcome of the game in the first inning alone.
They scored six of their seven runs in the first frame, all against ace Gerrit Cole.
He was able to pitch five scoreless frames after that, but the damage was done: the Yankees could only produce three runs against Mariners pitching.
With the disappointing outing, Cole made some history: just not in the way he would probably have liked.
“Gerrit Cole: 6 runs is the most he’s allowed in any inning in his career,” MLB analyst Katie Sharp tweeted.
Gerrit Cole: 6 runs is the most he's allowed in any inning in his career
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 3, 2022
A Shockingly Bad Outing For Cole
Cole, one of the most talented pitchers in the game, probably doesn’t have a lot of starts with six runs or more allowed.
To see them conceding that many runs in just an inning of work was shocking.
The Mariners just had his number in that first inning.
When he was able to make adjustments, it was late: Luis Castillo, a Yankees target before the trade deadline, limited them to three runs in 6.2 frames.
Cole’s ERA is now at 3.56, with a solid 1.04 WHIP: he was actually pitching quite well in recent outings.
He remains a lock to bounce back next week when he takes the ball again, and could be a Cy Young candidate even after today’s stinker.
The Yankees’ record falls to 70-36, while the Mariners go up to 57-49, 10.5 games behind the Houston Astros.