Cole struggles during AFL Rising Stars Game

Cole struggles during AFL Rising Stars Game

PITTSBURGH -- Selected as the East team's starting pitcher for the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday, Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole had a performance he'll likely soon forget.

Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, faced seven batters and was unable to make it through the first inning in the East's 11-2 loss to the West. The West squad began the first inning with three straight hits off Cole, including a two-run homer from Seattle prospect Nick Franklin.

Cole allowed a three-run homer later in the inning before being pulled with two outs. He was charged with five earned runs on four hits and one walk.

The struggles were an aberration from Cole's recent AFL results. In his three starts before the Rising Stars Game, Cole allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in 9 2/3 innings.

Pirates outfield prospect Robbie Grossman also appeared in the Rising Stars Game. Grossman hit leadoff and started in right field. He finished 0-for-3 with one strikeout and one walk.

The AFL regular season ends on Nov. 17.