Gerrit Cole gets thrown right into the fire, trying to keep the Pirates from a 2-0 series deficit. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
A road playoff game did not change what is becoming a recurring theme -- Gerrit Cole has become the Pirates' most consistent starting pitcher.
By dotting the fastball around the plate and mixing in his breaking pitches, Cole allowed only three Cardinals baserunners over six innings to help get the Pirates a 7-1 victory.
"Dynamite from pitch one," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Angles of the breaking balls, good location with the fastball, very aggressive."
Check out the key moments from the start that evened up the NLDS, and go in sequential order because time is a continuum.
1. Carlos Beltran doubles off the wall in the 1st inning.
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.