Let’s cut to the chase — the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Pedro Alvarez hit his 14th home run of the season in the Pirates win against San Francisco on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on Gerrit Cole who only made his major league debut, cruised through a large chunk of the middle innings, had a two-RBI single and became an instant folk hero in Pittsburgh in the process.
“I actually think after he ran the bases it probably got his adrenaline to a very competitive and good place,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole’s third-inning hit. “I think he was amped up, he was ready to go and that was when I was going to really try to peak my focus to see how he was able to respond after that.”
That’s where his dominance of the middle innings began. Cole’s run started in...