This was more like what the Yankees expected in 2022 — both from Gerrit Cole and their offense.
For the first time this season, Cole looked like the pitcher the Yankees are paying him to be and his offense provided plenty of support in return as the Yankees beat the Guardians 10-2 to secure the three-game sweep.
Cole received a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after throwing 6 scoreless innings and Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu and even Tim Locastro each belted two-run homers in a rare chance to breathe for the Yankees (10-6).
Before Sunday, 13 of their first 15 games had been decided by three runs or fewer — the most in the majors. Their biggest win of the season had been only 4-0 over the Blue Jays. But on Sunday, the Guardians (7-8) served as fodder for a team in need of a laugher.
The Yankees’ 10 runs and 13 hits both marked season highs, with LeMahieu’s three-hit day leading the way.