Gerrit Cole: "What separates the Kershaws from me -- Everybody's gonna threaten a few times during the game... It's just your ability to make a big pitch in a big spot." (Photo Credit: David Hague)

SAN DIEGO -- As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates' rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself.

"Just a few pitches here or there" became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start.

Pittsburgh's starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs' 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards stomped his feet and said multiple times he was "disappointed" that he could not finish off a road series sweep.

"I let a pretty good opportunity slip away," Cole said after allowing 10 hits ...

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