PITTSBURGH - The defensive shifts that the Pirates have employed for several years came under fire in the opening games of the season. Gerrit Cole gave up a bunt single to Sandy Leon on Opening Day in Boston, with Leon executing a perfect bunt down the third base line with the shift in progress.
It was that bunt -- not Cole misplaying the ball, or the single that followed that, or the 2-2 pitch left over the middle that went for a three run homer to Andrew Benintendi -- which led to the five run inning for Cole. The Pirates' starter did display frustration after the play, leading to a narrative that this threw him off his game and questioning the shifts, despite the fact that the shift robbed a hit in that same inning.
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