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Gerrit Cole threw a career-high 129 pitches against his former team as the New York Yankees posted a second straight shutout.

Gerrit Cole made the most of his return to Minute Maid Park since signing with the New York Yankees prior to last season. It took him 129 pitches, but he completed a three-hit shutout and Aaron Judge did enough with his solo home run in the 1-0 win.

Jose Altuve led off the ninth inning with a single, but that didn’t deter Cole. He worked a ten-pitch at-bat against Michael Brantley before getting him to fly out to Brett Gardner. The Yankees ace then stole a strikeout on a checked swing from Yuli Gurriel. Cut to manager Aaron Boone walking to the mound to summon Aroldis Chapman for the final out.

But Gerrit Cole wasn’t having it. No, he argued with Boone to stay in the game and face Yordan Alvarez, who hit two home runs off of him earlier this year.

Three straight fastballs later, Alvarez struck out swinging and the masterpiece was done. For the second night in the row, the New York Yankees did not let the Astros score.

It was a vindicating evening for Gerrit  Cole, who had posted a 5.24 ERA since June 3 heading into tonight. This time, he allowed just three hits and struck out 12, walking just two.

Here’s hoping this kicks off more great play from his New York Yankees.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.