Found September 15, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates were able to erase a tough Friday night loss and and otherwise empty night of offense on Saturday with two big swings of the bat from Jose Tabata and Marlon Byrd, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs and back in to a first place tie. Gerrit Cole followed his tremendous outing in Texas with another gem in this game, despite a hiccup in the first inning when one run came across and another was cut down at home. After the first, though, Cole was excellent. He once again delivered strikeouts (seven, including a huge one when he absolutely needed it in with a man on third and one out), worked seven innings, and kept the Cubs off the bases (5 hits, 3 walks). He has clearly improved quite a bit over the last few months and appears to be turning in to the guy the Pirates were really hoping for – and there’s no better time for that to happen than right now. The Pirates were somehow baffled by soft tossing Scott Baker for a while, and through five they were still down 1-0. ...
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