Let's cut to the chase -- the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Pedro Alvarez hit his 14th home run of the season in the Pirates win against San Francisco on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on Gerrit Cole who only made his major league debut, cruised through a large chunk of the middle innings, had a two-RBI single and became an instant folk hero in Pittsburgh in the process.

"I actually think after he ran the bases it probably got his adrenaline to a very competitive and good place," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole's third-inning hit. "I think he was amped u...

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