In his first start since being reinstated from the disabled list, Gerrit Cole looked far from himself in the game against Philadelphia on Monday night.
Cole pitched just two innings giving up five earned runs on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked four. He picked up his tenth loss of the season. Cole did, however, contribute a single to center for one of the Bucs’ four hits.
Pittsburgh opened scoring first on an error by Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard. Gregory Polanco hit towards first and on the misplay by Howard Josh Bell scored from second base. At the end of the first, the Pirates led 1-0.
In the bottom of the second, the game fell apart for Pittsburgh. Cole gave up a solo homerun to Freddy Galvis that tied the game. Odubel Herrera followed with a single then advanced to second on a passed ball by Francisco Cervelli. Herrera crossed home plate when Cody Asche doubled to right. Cole walked the next two batters to load the bases when Roman Quinn doubled scoring two more. Maikel Franco grounded out, but yet another run scored capping the second inning scoring for Philadelphia at five putting them ahead 5-1. Cole managed to bring the inning to a close by striking out Howard.
Philadelphia scored their final run for the game in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Antonio Bastardo. A walked batter scored off a double when Jordy Mercer bobbled the cutoff throw from Andrew McCutchen. The error allowed the Phillies to go up five runs on the Bucs, which was bad news for the struggling offense.
Pittsburgh scored their second run in the ninth when Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI single to center. Jung ho Kang, who continues to have strong offensive outings since his return from the DL, earned the run.
Monday night’s contest opened up a four game series in Philadelphia. Tuesday night Ivan Nova will face Phillies’ right-hander Alec Asher with first pitch at 7:05 P.M. ET.