Gerrit Cole threw 110 pitches tonight.

Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole did not have his best stuff tonight, taking the loss in Altoona to move his record in AA to 3-6 against the Akron Aeros.  Although Cole showed flashes of his number one starter potential, his control and command were both spotty, at times disappearing for several batters before returning with a big pitch.  To Cole’s credit, he threw deep into the 7th inning, registering 110 pitches, giving up four runs (all unearned) after two costly errors, and dealing with a small strike zone.

Cole threw 6.1 innings, surrendering four unearned runs, six hits and four walks, while striking out four.  Of his 110 pitches, 64 were thrown for strikes (58%).

 

Struggles with Control and Command

Cole’s six walks were the...

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