Gerrit Cole's major league debut in Pittsburgh Tuesday night was scripted like a Hollywood movie. Cole, the top pick in the 2011 draft, allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly anticipated career with a three-pitch strikeout against Gregor Blanco. The Giants put two runners on in the first inning and loaded the bases in the second against Cole, but failed to score in either inning. Cole threw strike after strike and worked off his fastball, which touched 99 mph, and did not walk a batter throughout the game. He will face the Dodgers in his next start on Sunday.
There were rumors that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave some thought to making a change at closer earlier in the season. But, he elected to stay with Brandon League. League has been shaky at best this year barely escaping several tight situations to earn a save. On Monday night, League did not escape, he was downright horrible. League entered the game in the 9th inning with the Dodgers leading 4-1 lead. League blew his fourth save of the season on Monday, allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning against Arizona. League's ERA is now at 6.00 and now Mattingly must make a change at closer. Look for Kenley Jansen to get the opportunity for saves in the near future.