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.
All season Gerrit Cole, with the help of a fast outfield, limited extra-base hits. Opposing batters had just a .336 slugging percentage against him, better than notorious good pitchers Chris Sale, Adam Wainwright ...
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.