Gerrit Cole was strong in throwing high-90s fastballs and wipeout sliders, but his offense stagnated. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times baseball writer taught a "Sports Reporting" class. One of his many tips was to never writer a game story that revolved around this idea: "Before the game, the manager said X would happen. And by jove, it did! Skip predicted it!"

Let's not break that rule, at least not entirely. However, former-Rockies-now-Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was quite familiar with Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched eight strong innings to lead Colorado to a 4-2 series-opening victory. Prior to Friday night's game, Hurdle laid out his designs for beating Chacin:

Take advantage of "flighty" command (Nope, 70 strikes and 26 balls)
Make Chacin get ...

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