BALTIMORE – In a start that mirrored his first season with with the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole was sailing along in dominant fashion before things went horribly awry.
Cole endured a nightmarish sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, who got a slump-breaking homer from DJ Stewart before tacking on four unearned runs in a 6-1 victory Saturday night.
After signing with New York in December for a reported $324 million over nine years, Cole won his first four decisions to extend his personal winning streak to 20 games.
Since then, the right-hander has lost three straight starts for the first time since July 30-Aug. 10, 2018, with Houston.
This outing, like Cole's season, started well before going south. Cole (4-3) allowed one baserunner over the first five innings before the Orioles broke open a scoreless game with a five-run sixth.
“It's a fickle game. It can change quickly," Cole said. “They put some good swings together at the right time."
He struck out 10 and allowed only one earned run and four hits over six innings. Solid numbers, but Cole still got an L next to his name in the box score.
“I try to take the good stuff from it, but in the end, especially right now, it just doesn’t feel like it was good enough," he said.