Pittsburgh – Andrew McCutchen just shrugged, claiming “every baseball player just has one of those days.” But only nine other players in the 122-year history of the Pittsburgh Pirates have had the kind of day this rookie did.
McCutchen homered three times and had a career-high six RBI as the Pirates handed the Washington Nationals their fourth straight loss, 11-6, on Saturday night.
“It was one of those days where everything worked, everything went your way,” said McCutchen, who doubled his career home run total in one night. “You got your pitches, and I was able to hit them, I was able to get them out.
“It’s just a day I know I won’t forget. A day I know I’ll remember.”
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McCutchen hit three shots to left – one just inside the foul pole to lead off the first, one with Brandon Moss aboard in the fourth, and another with Moss and Ramon Vazquez on to give Pittsburgh an 11-4 lead in the sixth.
“It’s a special night for him,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “I’m glad there was a big crowd and that we won.”
With a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the eighth, McCutchen grounded into a double play.