Gerrit Cole struck out six in his Double-A debut.

For the last month, Pirates fans have been asking the same question: when will Gerrit Cole get promoted to Double-A? Last week the Pirates announced the move, and tonight Cole made that long-awaited debut. And he didn't disappoint.

The first overall pick in the 2011 draft showed why he's the number one prospect in the Pirates' system tonight. He gave up just two runs on five hits in five innings, striking out six and walking none. He cruised through the first three innings, then gave up a run each in the fourth and fifth, although Altoona gave him plenty of support by then, leading 8-1 after the fourth.

Cole went heavy with his fastball in the first few innings, mostly because the New Britain offense was in take mode. He got ahead ...

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