Gerrit Cole brought the heat yesterday - his fastball was clocked at 100 or better eight times - but allowed two runs scored by Kris Bryant, set up both times by an Anthony Rizzo single behind him followed by a productive out. It was a pretty strong outing by Cole, who gave up seven hits and a walk while whiffing eight in six frames. He kept it a game, leaving behind 2-1.
|Gerrit brought the heat, but couldn't bring home the win |
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Brian Schlitter was on the hill, replacing Jon Lester, and Starling Marte greeted him with single and reached third on Jung-Ho Kang's double. Phil Coke replaced him to get a lefty-on-lefty match with El Coffee, who tapped back to the mound. Jason Mott took the ball to face Sean Rodriguez, whose solo homer was the Buc's only scoring hit. Pedro hit for him, and K'ed on a 3-2 foul tip. Stew was the last hope and lined a fastball to right; Jorge Soler was there for the grab, and the Bucs came up empty. A 1-2-3 ninth against Chicago's newest bullpen member, Travis Wood, closed it out.
AJ will try to save a game of the series this afternoon against Jake Arrieta.
- Marte and Kang had three hits; Josh had two more.
- Ouch - on Friday, the Pirates lost their sixth walk-off game; they've won none.
- Charlie Morton will make one more rehab start at Indy on May 19th; we'd expect him to rejoin the rotation if all goes as expected after that.