Gerrit Cole pitched through traffic successfully for five innings, but lost a touch after that. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The 6th inning sunk the Pirates' chances for another series win, as the Philadelphia Phillies collected four hits and four runs off Gerrit Cole and Vin Mazzaro to grab the Independence Day victory 6-4.
Cole entered with just 60 pitches and struck out Jimmy Rollins for the second time to start the inning. But Ryan Howard worked an 0-2 count into a walk with the help of home plate umpire Chris Conroy, then Domonic Brown singled on a three-ball count to hasten Cole's removal from the game. Even at 78 pitches, Cole had been elevating pitches and struggling with overall command.
"When I fell behind in the count, they put good swings on the ball and just kept getti...
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 email@example.com.