The Yankees kicked off their Wild Card series right following their 12-3 win over the Indians in game one.
The biggest story of the night may have been the performance of Gerrit Cole. The Yankees signed Cole to a record breaking $324 million contract back in December to do exactly what he did tonight. He went 7 innings allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 13 batters. Cole is the first pitcher to strike out 13 batters and walk none in a postseason game since Tom Seaver in 1973.
New York did not waste any time getting to Indians ace Shane Bieber. In the top of the 1st inning, American League batting champ DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a single. Aaron Judge followed up the very next pitch with a 2 run home run to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
The offense didn’t let up all night, scoring 7 runs against Bieber in just 4.2 innings of work. Gleyber Torres had a big night, going 4-4 with a home run and 3 runs batted in. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with a home run and also drove in 3 runs. Giancarlo Stanton also hit a home run in the 9th inning to give the Yankees a 12-2 lead.