Neil Walker homered twice for the Pirates, including a two-run shot in a five-run third.
Wednesday before the game the Pittsburgh media gathered at the locker stall of Cole wondering what his response was going to be.
A year ago, Gregory Polanco was the next big thing. When the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder was called up to the big leagues last June, his arrival was viewed as a coronation.
“You need to find it in your baseball heart to appreciate that performance,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Pedro Alvarez hit a majestic home run that wound up landing in a boat docked along the Allegheny River beyond the right-field stands at PNC Park.
“Jerry wasn’t in the best position to explain,” Hurdle said.
Rajai Davis hit a leadoff homer in the sixth against Francisco Liriano as Detroit shut out Pittsburgh.
Not only does Shane Greene make pitching sound simple, he is making it look easy.
Shane Greene pitched eight strong innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Gerrit Cole shut down baseball’s top-hitting team, allowing just one run in six-plus innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Detroit Tigers their first loss of the season, 5-4 on Monday.