Gerrit Cole pushes Yankees’ pitching to unreal level in rout of White Sox

The Yankees’ starting pitchers put the team on their backs while spinning 23 straight scoreless innings through Friday.

Saturday, the bats finally joined the party — and Gerrit Cole also took the pitching dominance to historic levels.

Cole delivered another seven shutout innings, and Gleyber Torres led the offense once again as the Yankees breezed to their fifth straight win, 7-0, over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Cole pushed the starters’ scoreless streak to 30 innings and became the fourth straight starter to throw at least seven shutout frames — following Corey Kluber’s no-hitter and seven-inning efforts from Domingo German and Jordan Montgomery. It marked the first time the Yankees had accomplished that feat since 1932.

Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa pitched the final two innings to keep the shutout intact.

Torres, meanwhile, made sure the Yankees (27-19) could breathe a little more easily than they had the past three games — which they won 2-0 (twice) and 2-1. After driving in both runs Friday with a homer and a walk-off single, Torres went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored Saturday.

Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole pitched seven shutout innings for the Yankees on Saturday.
Robert Sabo

In four games since his return after testing positive for COVID-19, Torres is batting .571 (8-for-14).

Cole, who walked three batters for the first time this season, was mostly untouchable even without his crispest stuff. He scattered four singles while striking out seven, including his last two batters of the day on fastballs at 100 and 101 mph to strand a pair of runners in the seventh inning.

The Yankees’ ace got some help from some slick fielding behind him, as the infield turned four double plays to help keep the White Sox (26-18) in check. Despite the traffic, Cole did not allow a runner to reach third base in his seven innings.

Torres picked up where he left off in the fourth inning. The shortstop got the Yankees on the board by lofting a two-run double to the gap to score Aaron Judge (who had singled for the Yankees’ first hit of the day) and Gio Urshela.

Rougned Odor followed with a double of his own to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

The Yankees knocked White Sox starter Dylan Cease out of the game in the fifth inning, and Torres greeted reliever Matt Foster with a two-run single to make it 5-0.

Mike Ford crushed a 447-foot home run in the sixth before Miguel Andujar drove in Torres with an RBI double in the seventh to put the Yankees up 7-0.

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