Gerrit Cole’s frustration of no longer being perfect was still evident nearly a half-hour after the game ended.
After finishing a post-game interview, the rookie right-hander walked toward the shower room and slapped one of his socks against the fish tank that sits on the middle of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ clubhouse.
Cole Hamels looked more like a former World Series MVP on Thursday as he pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and the Phillies beat Cole and the Pirates 6-4 Thursday.
Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907. Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings.
“I thought he pitched well,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s a 22-year-old young man. He’s still learning, continuing to grow. He’s fun to watch.”
Cole took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning but the Phillies halved their deficit on Ben Revere’s single. Cole was then chased during a five-run sixth that put Philadelphia ahead for good, 5-2.
Cole was removed after Ryan Howard walked with one out and Domonic Brown followed with a single.
Both teams complained about home plate umpire Chris Conroy’s strike zone and Cole seemed particularly upset after the walk to Howard, though he stopped short of being critical when asked about some close calls during that at-bat.
“I made a couple of pitches on the black [of the plate] but those pitches can go either way depending on the judgment,” Cole said. “I felt I made a couple of quality pitches.”
Vin Mazzaro, who had not allowed any of his 12 inherited runners to score this season, came on and gave up three straight singles. Delmon Young’s hit loaded the bases and Kevin Frandsen’s single tied it before Ruiz hit a liner to center to score Brown and Young and put Philadelphia ahead.