Gerrit Cole talks another missed sweep opportunity: 'This one's on me'

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Gerrit Cole face close up
Gerrit Cole face close up

The Yankees' day in Tampa was over before it even really started on Thursday, after Gerrit Cole dug them into a 4-0 hole just 15 pitches into his start.

It's certainly on the offense to shake off any frustration from what happens on the defensive end and to deliver at the plate, but that is easier said than done.

Cole gave the offense many opportunities to get back into the game, pitching a clean game in the next four innings, but he didn't get any help.

Things unraveled for Cole in the sixth, when he loaded up the bases with just one out to begin what was an onslaught of an inning by the Ray's offense. Tampa Bay poured in 10 runs in the frame -- the most allowed by the Yankees in one inning this season -- and knocked Cole out of the game.

He wound up getting credited with three more of those runs earned and one unearned, while Albert Abreu took the rest. The seven earned runs are the most given up by Cole since he first donned the pinstripes.

This was the Yankees' shot at sweeping their AL East rivals and riding into their next two series' on a high. But instead, they head into the weekend down in Miami with more questions.

"You know sweeps are tough," Cole said after the game. "When the other team is up against the wall, the other team typically surges and you get a little fight or flight. And it's going to be really hard when your starter puts you down 4-0 in the first to really kind of muster something up against a team of this quality.

"So in terms of sweeps in general, I think it's hard to sweep. I think we've had some opportunities to sweep and maybe not had some stuff go our way. In respect to this series, this one's on me."

The Yankees are now 4-10 in games where they can complete a sweep this season. But the more troubling stat for the Yankees might be that they're just 10-11 in Cole starts this season -- not exactly what you want to see when your ace is pitching.

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