Gerrit Cole, baseball’s number-one draft pick in 2011, worked 6-and-a-third innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter on Tuesday night, winning his Major League debut in an 8-2 victory for the Bucs over the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte both homered in the Pirates’ effort. The Bucs outhit the Giants 12-8.
Cole, who was 14-10 in a year-and-a-half of minor league baseball (5-3 with a 2.91 ERA this year at “AAA” Indianapolis), reached fastball speeds of 100 miles per hour, allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out two batters and walked none. He also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in his first Major League at-bat.
Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin both recorded two hits. Tony Abreu and Brett Pill drove in San Francisco’s runs. Abreu and Joaquin Arias both tallied two hits for the Giants.
Tim Lincecum (4-6; 4.70 ERA) took the loss for the fourth time in his last five starts for the Giants (33-30). Lincecum was pulled from the contest with two outs in the fifth inning, having allowed four runs (2 earned) and seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
In the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday night, the Pirates (38-26) will send Francisco Liriano (4-2; 1.75 ERA) against San Francisco’s Barry Zito (4-4; 4.06 ERA). The Bucs also announced they have placed starter Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list, and that Charlie Morton will make his first start of the season in place of Rodriguez in Thursday’s game, facing the Giants’ Matt Cain (4-3; 5.09 ERA). Morton underwent “Tommy John” surgery last year, and is now considered ready again for the Major Leagues following a lengthy rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues.