Gerrit Cole’s first crack at the 2022 season was not exactly encouraging considering his recent struggles against the Red Sox.
The Yankees’ ace was roughed up in the first inning, allowing three runs before he was able to get an out.
Before the game, Cole appeared frustrated, apparently screaming “let’s f–king go” in the direction of the umpires. The announcers on YES Network speculated that his frustration had to do with a slight delay in starting the game.
He was shaky out of the gate. He opened the game by walking Kiké Hernandez, then allowed a second-deck home run to Rafael Devers in the next at-bat.
Xander Bogearts then banged a long single off the left-field wall, and J.D. Martinez drove him home with a double.
Cole appeared to settle down after that, retiring Alex Verdugo, Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec in order, but it was an ominous 2022 debut for the Yankees’ $324 million man.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the first frame, cutting Boston’s lead to one.
The Yankees’ 2021 season ended on Cole’s last appearance on the mound – against these same Red Sox in the Wild Card Game. Cole lasted just two innings in that game, a 6-2 loss.