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Kovacevic: Cole Train fired up to go the distance

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Gerrit Cole raises his arms after his first career complete game. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

It was 9:48 p.m. Wednesday night, and Gerrit Cole's arms rose high into the night sky, stark against the Downtown stark against the Downtown cityscape, like a chalk-on-charcoal etching of a heavyweight champ.

What a scene.

What a setting.

And yet, it's funny how probably the overwhelming majority of the 35,483 crammed into PNC Park would have shared this same sentiment in that same moment as the man on the mound: "It's about time."

Those were Cole's first three words to me after his first career complete game provided the undercurrent for the Pirates' 10-1 mauling of the Mariners. He was touched for a run and three hits, whiffing six, walking no one and pinpointing 70 strikes on 94 pitches.

His next few words?