ST. LOUIS -- All together now: It was only one game.
Keep going: The Pirates (or any Game 1 losers) are a resilient bunch.
"We've lost a few games like this this year," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said following Thursday's 9-1 defeat, during which his team had almost as many errors (three) as hits (four). "What we've been good at is just moving on."
And in case you need a reminder about how suddenly a playoff series can change: As big as winning Game 1 for the Cardinals was, a win by the Pirates on Friday afternoon will send Pittsburgh home with the split it needed in St. Louis.
For what is essentially a must-win game for the Pirates, they will start rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole. While he has made just 19 starts in the big leagues, the Pirates are in good hands.
Cole was their best starter down the stretch, going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five September starts. He became somewhat of a stopper by twice ending three-game losing streaks. After the Pirates were swept in St. Loui...