HOUSTON – At his 110th and final run of the night, Gerrit Cole hit 101.1 mph to knock out Jarrett Parker to complete seven scoreless innings. Cole took up steam on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
The fiery fastball was the fastest pitch at any start
HOUSTON – At its 110th and final pitch of the night
The fiery fastball was the fastest pitch at any start in 201
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] "Exceptional across the board, from intensity to performance to game planning," said Astro's manager AJ Hinch in describing Cole's nine-strikeout, three-hit performance. "I could nitpick in that [was] a trip or two in there, but what a good day for him to bend the workload and get out of it with seven scoreless innings."
"He threw a lot of changes. He threw some crushing balls. He threw some low balls that everyone is talking about [since] he throws the high fastball more today. He was just as creative and so good."  Cole has held the opposition to two earned races or fewer in each of his last eight starts.
Cole (9-5) received enough ransom with 10 Houston hits, including
The angels managed only four hits out of three Houston jars. Cole extended his winning touch to five games, and he leads the US league with 170 strikes.
"I just did a handful of paths and I stuck with them," said Cole, who only allowed two runners to reach second place bases all games.
Cole grew stronger as the game evolved.
"I felt strong, and I thought I had pretty much all the seats," Cole said. "The Curveball command was a bit spotty, but we were able to start getting ahead of the guys and it opened the zone to us."
The three hits that Cole allowed were a first-inning double on
"Even the hits he gave up, shady ball ball double, single through the left side, and then one man in the world who could probably get a blow on slider 3-2 could be trout," said Hinch.
Cole took strikeouts to finish the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
"He can really finish innings," Hinch said. "He ends the hitters. He was locked in with what he was trying to do."
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"He's so fun to play behind," Bregman said. "Especially when I get to play shortstop [and] I get to pause at his seats, it's really impressive. He's a bulldog competitor, and that's the guy you want to play behind."
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" He has learned to pitch, how to can plus and minus his fastball why he is so good. "