NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole delivered the sort of gem Yankees fans dreamed on when he signed a $324 million deal. Aaron Judge led an offensive barrage in a ballpark packed for his bobblehead night. Manny Bañuelos finally pitched in pinstripes, living out a teenage dream that famously escaped him.
“I heard them chanting my name, which was pretty magical,” Cole said.
Almost perfect. Again.
Cole pitched perfectly into the seventh inning a night after teammate Jameson Taillon lost his bid in the eighth, Judge homered and had four hits, and New York thumped the Detroit Tigers 13-0 on Friday for its largest margin of victory since 2009.
The Yankees are the first team with consecutive perfect-game bids of six innings or more since at least 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I have to stop looking up in the sixth,” catcher Jose Trevino joked. “I mean, every time.”
Trevino, Anthony Rizzo and Matt Carpenter also homered for New York against rookie Elvin Rodriguez (0-1), charged with 10 runs in his third big league start. The major league-leading Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games, cooling off a fourth-place Tigers team that had just taken four of five from AL Central-leading Minnesota.
Jonathan Schoop spoiled Cole’s perfect night with two outs in the seventh. Schoop grounded a cutter up the middle, just past the mitt of diving second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who made a sliding stop against Harold Castro for the second out.
“Got to the corner, but not quite as much break as we would’ve liked,” Cole said of the pitch.
Cole (5-1) got an ovation from the 42,026 fans at Yankee Stadium, some of whom surely were on hand a night earlier when Taillon lost a perfect game in the eighth against the Los Angeles Angels. Jared Walsh spoiled Taillon’s try with a leadoff double…