Twitter Reacts to Pirates Prospect Gerrit Cole's Spectacular MLB Debut

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Twitter Reacts to Pirates Prospect Gerrit Cole's Spectacular MLB Debut
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Gerrit Cole showed the MLB why the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, dominating the San Francisco Giants for 6.1 innings on Tuesday night.

Apart from throwing 99 mph multiple times, striking out his first batter, hitting a two-run single and recording 13 consecutive outs from the second inning through the sixth, Cole energize the Pirates fanbase, and we saw it all come out on Twitter.

Cole's highly anticipated debut couldn't have come against a better opponent. Not only was he at home, but he was facing the defending World Series champs and their former Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum.

You'd expect the kid to be nervous with so much pressure on him, but he came right at Gregor Blanco to start the game, striking him out on three pitches.

Funny enough, it wasn't Cole's arm that really got fans excited right away. Obviously the kid's stuff is unreal, but he really got the crowd going when he hit this two-run single to drive in the first two runs of the game.

It's rare to see a player strike out his first batter and hit a two-run single in his first at bat, but those became two of many headlines throughout the night as Cole began to settle in.

As he worked his way back to the top of the Giants' order Blanco was up again.

I doubt he saw any of the pitches. I mean, c'mon. Would you have seen this 99 mph fastball for the K?

At any rate he ended up getting out again.

Cole really got into a groove in the middle innings, and everyone took notice.

Cole was impressive and notched his first big league win on the start.

However, Twitter was far from done with him, as he had his first press conference, and this kid is a clown.

The Pirates have found themselves and ace for the future, and the fans sure took notice of him on Tuesday night, practically naming him mayor of Pittsburgh.

Cole gave the fans what they wanted, and now we'll have to wait five days before we see if he can do it again.

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