Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 10/14/14
One way to ease the loss of your closer a little bit is to jump out to a 3-0 lead, get a strong start, and reel in a wire-to-wire four-run win. That's what the Pirates did to the Nationals tonight, converting one of Gerrit Cole's best starts as a Pirate, timely hitting (some from Gerrit Cole himself!), and a Pedro Alvarez homer into an easy 5-1 win over the Nats.  I didn't see the game due to the blackout, but I followed along for almost all of it via the radio broadcast and Gameday, and it seemed to me that Cole did a really good job changing speeds and mixing his pitches up tonight. He only had four strikeouts, but he induced ten groundouts (against two flyouts) and with the help of some sparkling defense from Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer (among others), he held the Nats to two hits and four baserunners (a walk and an HBP to go along with the two hits) over his seven easy innings. I thought Russell Martin helped him avoid another first inning problem quite a bit...

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