Jose Tabata hit the game's lone homer in the 8th inning for two insurance runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole's quality start and the Pirates lineup's nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh's 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season's final two months.
These Pirates are not the 2011 Pirates, even though panicky fans cling to the team (which went from first place in July to 90 total losses) as a precedent for this year's version falling apart again.
Fact is, only 8 of the 25 players on the Pirates' active roster were playing for Pittsburgh in August 2011 when the Bucs went 8-22 in Collapse 1.0. The 2013 Pirates are different: new veterans, new lea...
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