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  • Paul Semendinger

About Last Night: Yankees 3, A's 2

by Paul Semendinger

August 27, 2022

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About Last Night:

Well, they did it again. The Yankees won. That's now five wins in a row. All they do is win. Win, win, win.


Last night it was Gerrit Cole who earned the W. He had a heck of a game. He pitched into the eighth inning. He gave up just three hits. He struck out eleven batters.


The Yankees banged out nine hits. Every starter except Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Giancarlo Stanton had a least one hit. Aaron Judge hit his 49th homer of the year.


Not long ago, the Yankees called up Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial. They infused some life into a lifeless team. Now, all they do is win.


Win, win, win. Quick Stats:

  • Gerrit Cole won his first game since July 17

  • Gerrit Cole now has 10 wins on the season.

  • Aaron Judge hit his 49th homer of the year

  • As a team, the Yankees have 200 home runs leading MLB

  • Oswaldo Cabrera had three hits last night

Player(s) of the Game:

Gerrit Cole takes the honors here. He's the ace. He pitched like one. Better to Forget:

Yes, they won, but if one looks closely, the Yankees batted in nine different innings and scored in only one of them. They had a three-run fifth inning. That was the only time they scored.


Nestor Cortes is on the 15-day I.L. Again, it sure would have been nice to have Jordan Montgomery around to help manage the innings for the pitchers who need rest. (On the flip side, it seems that Harrison Bader might start running soon. Maybe, just maybe, he'll start playing in a few weeks. Imagine that!) My Take:

Of course, before this five-game winning streak, all they did was lose. Lose, lose lose.


I have to be honest, the streaks that this team goes through are not fun. The winning is, but there has been a pattern, a long-standing pattern, that after winning streaks, they then lose. A lot. We've seen this for years. It isn't fun.


Yes, they are winning, but the last two wins have come at the expense of the A's - the worst team in the American League. These are the games that a team has to win. It's not impressive that they're winning them, they simply just have to win them.


I'm not sold on the 2022 Yankees. In the end, that matters little. If they keep winning, they'll eventually prove that they are better than I believe them to be. I'd be happy to be wrong about this team while the players are celebrating a World Championship.

Next Up:

Domingo German takes to the mound tonight at 9:07 p.m. against the A's.


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