PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, but the offense and the bullpen let him down in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
Cole had an inefficient first inning, when he needed 21 pitches and a double play to get through back-to-back walks. But he settled down quickly and was nearly un-hittable after that, allowing just an infield hit and a single to left in his eight innings of work.
“Cole pretty much had no-hit stuff,” said Cubs catcher Alex Avila, who delivered the game-winning RBI in the eighth off Daniel Hudson. “The way he was locating with 97, slider, curveball, he was excellent. You just had a feeling that we weren’t going to have many opportunities against him. If he made a mistake, we weren’t able to capitalize on it. He had unbelieva...
To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.