Rays surprised themselves by beating Gerrit Cole

Ji-Guy Choi has 3 homers this time. Two of them are off Gerrit Cole, like a single in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 get about the Yankees in The Bronx on Monday.

The Rays initial baseman didn’t have an straightforward solution for why he’s been productive versus the Yankee ace — and neither did his manager, Kevin Hard cash.

“Look, I really do not comprehend how any person hits Gerrit Cole, truthfully,’’ Hard cash mentioned. “Ji-Guy has had some very good at-bats versus him.”

Choi — who also singled through the appropriate side of the infield and walked versus Cole — mentioned it was simply because he loved dealing with elite pitching.

“Seeing the very best pitcher, I consider, delivers the very best out of me,’’ Choi mentioned through an interpreter. “I just cannot explain to you what I see [from him]. Just my competitive side needs to hit off a single of the very best pitchers in the league.”

Choi wasn’t the only a single, as the Rays obtained the two-run shot by Choi in the initial, a lengthy solo homer from Kevin Kiermaier in the next and an additional run in the fifth by stringing with each other four straight base runners off Cole to start the inning.

“We ended up fortuitous to get operates early on,’’ Hard cash mentioned. “He’s the past guy you want to get settled in. We looked like we ended up a tiny additional aggressive listed here. That is type of the pattern with dealing with him. You really do not want to get to two strikes simply because he can place you away.”

But the Rays ended up also patient more than enough to attract four walks off the appropriate-hander in a disappointing five-inning outing.