SOUTH HILLS – Gerrit Cole likes saving his best for last, apparently. At least the last quarter of the season.
Remember last year when Cole was solid but not spectacular the first three months last year after his call-up? Cole and manager Clint Hudle were asked ‘Where were the strikeouts from the former No. 1 overall pick with the 1o0 mph fastball?’ Well, Cole showed us where they were in September 2013 when he struck out nine at Texas when matched up against Yu Darvish on Sept. 9 – for win No. 82 – which was the beginning of a impressive final month of the season when C0le went 4-0 with 10.97 Ks per nine and a 1.69 ERA.
While it’s not quite September, Cole was as good as we’ve seen him since last September on Tuesday night.