Gerrit Cole kept the Mets to just three runs -- but the rough 1st inning stayed with him. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
All you need to take away from the Pirates' 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in their final game before the All-Star Break is up in that headline.
Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and three runs in the 1st inning. Eric Young and David Wright knocked two fastballs for ground-ball singles, followed by Marlon Byrd mashing Cole's slider for an RBI ground-rule double to left. Cole walked Josh Satin to load the bases. One batter later, the rookie pitcher couldn't finish John Buck on a two-strike count and the Mets catcher lined a 99-mph fastball for a two-run single. Three of those four hits came after Cole got ahead on 1-2 counts.
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