Gerrit Cole lost his seventh start of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, and runs his record to 2-7 after he started the year 4-0. Cole threw seven and one-third innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out four.

While Cole took the loss, the outing last night may have been one of the most encouraging from 2011's No. 1-overall selection among the 14 he has made thus far. Exhibit A comes from the length of the start, while Cole also showed a little more versatility with his repertoire.

Gerrit Cole continues his development as a starting major-league pitcher, and last night may have been his biggest step yet. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Brewers scored a single run in three of the first four innings against Cole. But li...

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