Saratosa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The battle between young right-handers Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles and Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates ended in a deadlock as the two teams settled for a 7-7 draw after 10 innings Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.
Gausman allowed one run on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in four innings for the Orioles (12-7) while Cole lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five for the Pirates (12-9).
Gausman gave up a leadoff homer to Starling Marte before walking Travis Snider and serving up a hard-hit double to Andrew McCutchen.
However, the 23-year-old hurler bounced back immediately by striking out Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Travis Ishikawa, stranding both runners and getting out of the inning.
“It’s not going to be perfect always in the season,” Gausman said. “It’s good to get in those situations now, so that when it comes this spring or this summer, I have that experience in those situations.”
Gausman was practically untouchable the rest of the way, holding the Pirates to just one other hit as he finished out his four innings of work.
Cole also served up a homer to the first batter he faced, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis. The Orioles put a run across in the second inning and reigning home run champion Chris Davis launched his fourth shot of the spring in the third inning for a 3-1 lead.
The Pirates stormed back in the sixth inning, as Sanchez singled home a run, Mercer doubled in two more and Cole, batting in a game for the first time this spring, plated Tony Sanchez with a sacrifice fly to right field for a 5-3 lead.
Ryan Flaherty bashed a two-run homer to center off Cole in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5.
The Orioles then took the lead in the seventh on a Delmon Young single, but the Bucs answered in the top of the eighth when Ishikawa scored on Mercer’s groundout to tie the game at 6.
In the top of the ninth, the lead changed again with a solo home run from McCutchen but the Orioles tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the frame when Jonathan Schoop went yard for Baltimore’s fourth homer of the day.