Yankees Takeaways from Friday's 6-0 win over the Orioles, including Gerrit Cole's dominant complete game

Alex Smith
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Gerrit Cole pitching in pinstripes vs. Red Sox
Gerrit Cole pitching in pinstripes vs. Red Sox

The Yankees put on a power display and Gerrit Cole pitched a gem in the Bombers' Game 1 6-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1. Gerrit Cole, who has previously been bitten by the home run bug this year, was tremendous on Friday afternoon. The Yankee ace carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Hanser Alberto singled to right, but Cole was dominant, striking out nine hitters and allowing just two hits. No Oriole reached second base off of Cole until there were two outs in the seventh.

2. D.J. LeMahieu got the Yankees offense started on the right foot, slamming a leadoff home run to left field off of Alex Cobb. LeMahieu's sixth home run of the season set the tone for the Yankees' lineup for the rest of the game. 

3. Brett Gardner has struggled mightily this season, but Aaron Boone moved him up to the three hole for the day's first game, and Gardner delivered by going 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk.

4. With Gary Sanchez DHing, Kyle Higashioka got the start behind the plate, and he joined the home run parade with a two-run shot of his own in the second inning, his first homer of the season. 

5. The Yankees scored some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Following a Gleyber Torres hustle double, a Sanchez walk, and a wild pitch, Mke Tauchman blooped a single to make it a 6-0 game.

What's next

The Yankees and Orioles play the second game of their doubleheader on Friday, with Masahiro Tanaka facing Keegan Akin.