Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Gerrit Cole For two years, Pirate fans have been counting down the days until the debut of Gerrit Cole, and on Tuesday, the fans got what they were waiting for. He made all the anticipation and hype worth the wait. Cole blanked the defending World Series champion Giants through the first six innings of his Major League debut and led the Pirates to an 8-2 victory. A PNC Park crowd of 30,614, which is a great crowd for a Tuesday night and included walk-up ticket sales exceeding 10,000, saw an incredible debut of a star in the making . Cole had retired 13 straight batters until Andres Torres led off the seventh with a single that started a brief rally attempt by the Giants. In 6 1/3 innings, Cole was charged with seven hits and two runs, as he struck out two without a walk. Cole also delivered the Pirates’ first two runs with a second-inning bases loaded single. When manager Clint Hurdle emerged to get Cole in the seventh, 30,614 Pirates’ fans raised to their feet and roared with cheers to show Cole the respect that he had earned with his stellar performance. Cole began his big league career when he struck out Gregor Blanco, on three straight fastballs, the last reaching 99 mph. He would not strike out anybody else until he sat down Buster Posey in the sixth inning. It was the heat Cole threw and his control that really turned heads. He threw very few balls and walked no batters. The Pirates loaded the bases in the second inning on three consecutive singles by Russell Martin, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker. Tim Lincecum got Clint Barmes to foul out, before Cole ripped the ball into right-center for two runs. Upon reaching first, he threw up the Pirates’ signature “Z”. In the fifth, the Pirates doubled Cole’s lead when Garrett Jones singled to right field. Hunter Pence let the ball under his glove and went to the wall. Jones went to third on the play and Andrew Mcutchen scored. Pedro Alvarez knocked in Jones with a single off shortstop Brandon Crawford’s glove. Starling Marte made it 5-0 in the sixth with a solo homer off Jose Mijares. Cole surrendered two runs to the Giants in the seventh, but the Pirates answered right back with three runs in the bottom. Two of the runs came off Alvarez’s 14th homer of the season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Braves reportedly aren’t keen on trading Cameron Maybin

Report: Jason Pierre-Paul has burns, possible nerve damage

Rory McIlroy suffered injury in soccer game with friends

Jason Kidd to be named general manager of Bucks

USWNT romps Japan 5-2 to win third Women's World Cup title


Report: JPP 'severely injured' hand in fireworks mishap

Blatter: European politicians helped Qatar land World Cup

Report: Cavs considering trading for Joe Johnson

Andrew Quarless found hiding in plant after firing gun

Odell Beckham: I don't want to be known only for 'the catch'

Borland on retirement: Health 'more important' than money

MLB teams who will continue to disappoint in the second half

2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

WATCH: Carlos Gomez leaves gum, note for Billy Hamilton

Kansas to wear new USA jerseys after request from FIBA

What can the Saints expect from CJ Spiller in 2015?

Isaiah Thomas trolls Kings after Rajon Rondo signing

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.