PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colin Moran’s name will forever be entwined with Gerrit Cole’s whether the new Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman likes it or not. It simply comes with the territory when you’re part of the trade that sends a franchise cornerstone out of town.
Moran did little during spring training to hint at the power potential the Pirates saw in him when they made him part of the deal that sent Cole to Houston in January. Even as Pittsburgh led the Grapefruit League in homers, he failed to go deep even once.
Then Moran swung at a full-count fastball from Minnesota’s Lance Lynn with the bases loaded in the first inning on Monday. A minute later he was taking a curtain call after the first grand slam of his young career helped the Pirates edge the Minnesota Twins 5-4 to give the franchise just its third 4-0 start in 35 years.