Posted September 15, 2013 on AP on Fox
It is the time of the season when rookie pitchers are fading or even being shut down for the year. Yet Gerrit Cole seems to be just getting started. Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, Saturday night. The Pirates have won five of six and moved into a first-place tie in the NL Central with St. Louis, which lost to Seattle 4-1. Cole (8-7) gave up one run and five hits. The rookie struck out seven and walked three. The 23-year-old Cole has been outstanding in his last six starts, going 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA with 35 strikeouts and nine walks. He won for just the second time in his last eight home starts. ''I don't really have any answer,'' Cole said about staying strong into mid-September. ''I'm just staying with my routine and chucking it as long as I can every time I get the ball.'' Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft from UCLA, has pitched 173 1/3 innings be...
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