The way Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sees it rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole is an old-school guy.
That's why Hurdle was not worried about putting the 23-year-old newbie on the mound Friday a day after the St. Louis Cardinals won the first game of the best-of-five National League Division Series.
“The fact we're one (game) down — Cole is kind of old-school this way — but that means we need to win and he's going to do everything in his power to get us evened up” Hurdle said before Game 2 on Friday afternoon at Busch Stadium. “He has always expected a lot of himself. I am confident in his abilities in his makeup and in the competitive edge he carries.”
Cole delivered. He gave up two hits over six innings and also delivered an RBI single as the Pirates routed the Cardinals 7-1.
By splitting the first two games at Busch Stadium the Pirates stole home-field advantage in the series. Game 3 is set for 4:37 p.m. Sunday at PNC Park. Game 4 will be played Monday in Pittsburgh but the star...