BRADENTON, Fla. (93-7 The Fan) — Top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole may already be ticketed for AAA, but Cole is looking like he’ll make that as difficult a decision as possible, pitching four mostly-efficient innings, allowing two hits, one walk and two runs on a home run to Ryan Flaherty in a 5-2 win over the Orioles in Sarasota.
Looking a lot like he had against the minor leaguers on Team Spain, Cole retired the first seven batters he faced, before walking Manny Machado in the third and the went 2-0 on Ryan Flaherty before Flaherty homered to right-center.
“Pumping fastballs all day, they were bound to catch up to one,” said Cole who didn’t seem bothered by the blast.
Cole doesn’t typically say a whole lot, but his catcher, Russell Martin does.
“We fell behind 2-0,” Martin said. “It was good four-seam fastball and it was probably in his nitro zone and he put a good swing on the ball and you tip your cap.”
- Listen to Martin’s post-game interview: