• Cole followed Seattle's Andy Benes (1995 American League Division Series) and Tampa Bay's David Price (2010 ALDS) as the third No. 1 overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft to start a winner-take-all postseason game. Price lost both of his starts, while Benes had a pair of no-decisions in two games that went into extra innings.
• At 23, Cole was attempting to become the youngest pitcher to win an ultimate game on the road since 20-year-old Fernando Valenzuela, in Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS in Montreal.
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