DETROIT — Gerrit Cole and the Yankees were hoping for a quick night, but never could have imagined anything like this. The ace was chased in the second inning after walking four hitters in the inning — and a career-high five walks total in 1.2 innings — and allowing two runs to score.
Cole pounded the ball three times into his glove and then covered his mouth with his glove when Aaron Boone went out to get him.
Cole’s final line was 1.2 innings pitched, two earned runs on one hit and five walks. He struck out three.
This just extends Cole’s struggles to start the season. He left the game with an ugly 6.35 ERA after three starts and has not won a game yet. He was hurt by the home run in his first two starts. Rafael Devers got him in the first inning of Opening Day and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered twice and doubled off of him in his second start.