Yankees rookie Luis Gil comes up big in toughest of spots

Envision the ideal scenario to unroll a prospect into the major leagues: Low-pressure, low-profile, on a high note.

Luis Gil came aboard via the completely opposite route. He thrived anyway.

As Gerrit Cole’s COVID replacement, coming off a poor outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and asked to erase the stench of a bad Yankees loss Monday, Gil shrugged off such potential burdens to make his big league debut a rousing success, throwing six shutout innings in a 13-1 romp over the Orioles.

“We’re expecting Gerrit Cole to be going tonight and that’s tough news to get when your ace goes down and you’re wondering how you’re going to … cover those innings,” Aaron Boone said. “To have Luis come up for the first time and really shine and embrace the moment, it was much-needed.”

“I feel so proud,” Gil, a native of the Dominican Republic, said through an translator, “because of all the work that I’ve done and because of my family. They’ve always been there for me and they’ve offered a lot of support for so many years.”

The Yankees (57-49) picked up a game apiece on the Rays (64-44) and Red Sox (63-45), both of whom lost, and they have now won 16 of their last 24 games. This marked only the third of those 16 victories that didn’t require either a save or a walk-off. The laughers have been sparse.

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And no one in pinstripes…

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