The Pirates scored six first-inning runs and coasted to an easy 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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FINAL: Pirates 7, Brewers 3

W –Chad Kuhl (2-6, 5.46ERA), L – Zach Davies (7-4, 5.40ERA)

Takeaways:

  • CUTCH HAPPENS! Andrew McCutchen had himself a night as he went 3-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three RBIs. He certainly looks like the old Andrew McCutchen as his current hot streak has brought his slash line up to a more than respectable .268/.343/.494/.837 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs.
  • Jordy Mercer had himself a game. He made several stellar defensive plays and raised his hit streak to 10 games. He finished the night 2-4 with a triple. Mercer is becoming quite the story as he brought his average up to .282. If Mercer continues this pace, he may find himself in Miami at The 2017 MLB All-Star Game.
  • Jose Osuna capped a big first inning with a monster three-run home run.
  • David Freese has an incredible defensive game. He made three barehanded plays and saved two runs in the process. Freese may not be exclusively known for his defense but tonight he was easily the best defender on the field for either team.

Throwaways:

  • Chad Kuhl had a big lead but wasn’t very efficient and as a result, he only lasted five innings. Never good when you find yourself batting before getting a chance to even pitch in a ballgame. Kuhl wasn’t bad by any means, as he only allowed two runs in his five innings of work but he had a really good chance to pitch deep into this game and failed.
  • Jose Osuna had a fairly terrible error at first base. He simply dropped a ball and while it wasn’t a super easy play, it’s certainly one he should make basically all of the time. It didn’t cost the Pirates but it did lead to extra pitches for an already taxed pitching staff.
  • Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch twice in the ballgame. While this is obviously good in the sense it results in a baserunner for the Pirates, you don’t want to risk injury to perhaps the Pirates’ most consistent hitter this season.

 

The line of the Night:

This one is fairly obvious as it’s Andrew McCutchen. He went 3-3 with a walk, a home run, and two RBIs. He was absolutely outstanding for the Pirates once again. If you’re a Pirates’ fan, you have to be loving the way McCutchen is swinging the bat lately. Who knew a move down the sixth spot would be so beneficial for him and the Pirates?

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Up Next:

The Pirates will go for a series win against the Brewers tomorrow night as Trevor Williams will take on Junior Guerra. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 pm.

 

 

Steve Kubitz

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates’ 5-year-plan before it was cool. He is best known for staying calm about losing streaks on twitter and trying his best to make sure other fans don’t overreact to when the Pirates lose a tough ballgame to a division rival. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames.

  • leadoff

    I knew, blogged about moving down McCutchen many times as far back as ST. Leland did it in WBC, but Hurdle is not as bright. I am sure most don’t know why Cutch will hit better down in the order, but it is simple, he hits well when the pressure is taken off him, Polanco would do the same thing if they move him down in the order. I have also said many times that McCutchen would be a great leadoff hitter, if they want him to get more abs, put him at leadoff spot. He is a Jimmy Wynn clone, the toy cannon.

    • redrage97

      wbc comparison doesn’t work. Pirates don’t have players like Goldschmidt, Stanton, posey, murphy.. etc.. Moving him to a different spot in the order is much easier there.

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you can’t have a .200 hitter batting third…. the two reasons he stayed at third as long as he did are his contract/value and that cutch isn’t a 200 hitter even if that’s what he was doing. he “should’ve” been better based on projections but wasn’t. If he was his value would but way high and the team could have traded him for a truck load of top rated prospects. now they’ll be lucky if they get one top prospect if anyone even bites.

      Polanco probably won’t be there once Marte gets back either and Marte probably shouldnt be there either. Out side of Cutch and “maybe” bell if he puts the pieces together the pirates don’t have a typical three hole hitter and calling them that is a stretch. they do have a team full of 5 and two spot hitters though lol 😉

      so when you say I knew, I blogged, Leland knows best… all i can say is.. yeah no kidding.. and everyone knows really.. it just isn’t the pressure situations.. but it certainly is a factor.. that much is clear by never having a grand slam.. If Clint had Mike Trout on the 25 man ‘cutch probably wouldn’t be hitting third.

      • leadoff

        Well said.