Gerrit Cole looked like an ace tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Five games ago, Gerrit Cole won game number 81, ending the Pirates' 20-year losing streak. It was one of his best starts of the year, and was only topped by tonight's outing, which just happened to be win number 82.

As far as symbolism goes, having Gerrit Cole end the losing streak, and then post the first winning season is great. The losing streak began because of the departure of plenty of talented players, including staff ace Doug Drabek. It continued for so long for many reasons, but a large reason why the streak went so long was due to the lack of an ace since Drabek. And now the streak has been ended and a the first winning season since 1992 has been secured, all thanks to the ace of the future.

Cole looked ...

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