Another day and another win for the Pirates. This time, again, over the Brewers. Johnny Hellweg made his major league debut for the Brewers and while he got through the first inning without allowing a base runner he wasn't as lucky in the second inning as he saw 12 Pirates come to the plate and let up seven runs on six hits and was aided by some brutal defense behind him. Gerrit Cole gave up three runs in the first inning but buckled down after that and it was all she wrote.
This was probably the first real adversity Cole has come across in the majors. His first inning wasn't good as he walked leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki before loading the bases with no outs and hitting Aramis Ramirez to force in a run. He then worked a double play to allow another run to score and it looked like he might be able to salvage the inning only giving up two runs but then gave up another single that plated a run before the inning finally ended.
After that though Cole was pretty good. He gave up only four hits over the next five innings and struck out three while walking two more. He averaged 95-96 with his fastball and threw his change up and slider effectively while maxing out at just over 100. That is what you are going to get from Cole. He did walk three guys but like I said before it was good that he bounced back after some adversity. This still wasn't a great game for him so we will have to wait for his next start on Thursday to see how he reacts to this.
The offense was clicking again. They had 12 hits with both Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen picking up three hit games while McCutchen launched an eighth inning homer and Marte coming a home run shy of the cycle. Feels good.
At the time I am writing this the Pirates hold the best record in baseball with 49 wins and are on a seven game winning streak. The Cardinals are currently losing to the A's and the Reds were already beaten by Texas to put them 4.5 back of the Pirates. It is still early but man does this feel great or what.