Cole solid in first Double-A start

Cole solid in first Double-A start

Cole solid in first Double-A start
PITTSBURGH -- Continuing where he had left off in Class A ball, right-hander Gerrit Cole had a great start Wednesday night in his first outing for Double-A Altoona.

Cole went five innings, yielding five hits and two runs while striking out six without a walk, to pick up the decision in Altoona's 9-4 victory over New Britain. It was the June 2011 No. 1 Draft choice's sixth consecutive victory, continuing the streak begun with Bradenton in the Florida State League.

Cole retired the first nine men he faced. He wound up making 74 pitches, 52 for strikes.