BRADENTON -- When you talk about the Bradenton Marauders, you usually talk pitching.
And when you usually talk Bradenton Marauders and pitching, you usually talk Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, considered two of the best prospects in baseball who currently call Bradenton home.
You usually don't talk Colton Cain.
That, however, may change.
The lefty, ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates' 17th-best prospect by MLB.com, may not quite have the drawing power as he two aforementioned rotation mates.
But on Monday night, he showed he has some of the stuff.
Cain allowed two runs on two hits in five innings in helping the Marauders record an 8-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads in front of 4,780 fans at McKechnie Field.
The 21-year-old Cain, drafted in the eighth round by the Pirates in 2009, is the first of that group to win a game with Bradenton.
"I really enjoy watching all four other starters go out and compete every day," Cain said. "Just to be a part of what those other guys bring to the table, it's something special."
Monday night marked the second time this season Cain was stretched to five innings and, he walked just one after entering the night having issued seven walks in his first three starts.
He made one mistake -- a home run off the bat of Isaac Galloway in the fifth. But the Marauders (8-9) had built a 4-0 lead at the time, and Cain got out of the inning without any further damage before watching Josh Poytress and Quinton Miller team for four innings of scoreless relief.
"I'm happy," Cain said. "I would have thrown that same pitch (to Galloway) if I could throw it again. He just went and got it. (Catcher Carlos) Paulino worked his butt of behind the dish, and it worked out well."
Cain showed flashes of his potential last season with the Pirates' low Single-A team in West Virginia, where he pitched to a 3.64 ERA in 106 ½ innings, the most of his professional career.
But Cain wore down as the summer wore on and was moved to the bullpen.
"I felt great. Fatigue could've played a part in it, but it's not something I
think about. I've got to go out regardless of how I feel," he said. "You try to have the same routine through the whole year and not get too high or not get too low, just stay right there in the middle. If you can do that, you can be pretty consistent throughout the whole year."
Consequently, Cain's goal this summer echoes the mantra that Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle talked about all spring: Finishing.
"Whether it's here or in Double-A or wherever - finish, from batters to innings to games," he said. "That's kind of the theme that I've been taking on."
Backing Cain on Monday was an offense that slammed three home runs, including two by Stefan Welch. First baseman Alex Dickerson added the other.
"It's a good feeling," Cain said. "The team counts on you to go out and get five (innings), and we played great defense (Monday). And it makes a lot easier on yourself if you can trust your guys back there."