Gerrit Cole exits to an ovation. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole's elbows.
Cole taps his left foot and smacks the pitch into the gap in right-center. If Gregor Blanco does not cut it off, it's a bases-clearing double. Instead, Cole's first base hit since his days for the Orange Lutheran High School Lancers is a two-run single to put his new team ahead for good in an 8-2 win Tuesday night.
Gerrit Cole drew three straight balls, then drove in two runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
"I just got lucky, you guys," Cole said. "I just got lucky."
Lucky or not, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it turned around Cole's frame of mind after early struggles.
"I actually think after he ran the bases it probably got his adrena...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.