Cole strikes out 1st batter, hits 2-run single
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole quickly made a neat impression in his major league debut.
The overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft struck out the first hitter he faced Tuesday night, fanning San Francisco's Gregor Blanco with three straight 96 mph fastballs.
In his first plate appearance in the bottom of the second inning, Cole lined a two-run single with the bases loaded off two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
Pittsburgh promoted the prized rookie from Triple-A earlier in the day.