Cole clears up comments on Garza

Cole clears up comments on Garza

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole on Sunday morning wanted to clarify a misconception arising from the aftermath of Brewers pitcher Matt Garza twice hitting Andrew McCutchen with pitches in Saturday night's game against the Pirates.

Garza had said he was "just trying to pitch inside" to the dangerous McCutchen.

Cole, visibly upset during the game when McCutchen got plunked for a second time, conceded to MLB.com afterward the need to work McCutchen inside and added, "Going up and in, you've got to know how to do it, be comfortable doing it. I don't know what the intent was on either of them. It could've been as simple as that the only two misfires he had all night were to him."

Due to the way the two quotes were linked in MLB.com's story on the incident, the young Pittsburgh pitcher was disturbed by the conclusion drawn that he was directly faulting Garza, a nine-year veteran, for being unable to pitch inside.

"I was trying to speak generally about the circumstances, and that the second pitch led to an ejection because warnings had been issued," Cole said.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.