Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen was the hero in the team’s victory over the Cincinnati Reds Friday night. Hopefully, the home run will help rejuvenate the center fielder’s batting average this season.
McCutchen has hit two homers and knocked in nine runs in 34 at-bats this season, but his .265 batting average is a little low to begin the season. It is certainly nothing to be worried about as McCutchen is one of the best hitters in all of Major League Baseball. It is more or less just an observation through the first 10 games of the season.
Regardless of what his batting average is, the Pirates are certainly content with his ability to consistently hit the long ball. The 26-year-old crushed a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead after Pittsburgh allowed Cincinnati to come back.
There is no question the home run was a huge sigh of relief for Tony Watson, the left-handed reliever who gave up a two-run home run to Brandon Phillips in the sixth inning. Watson has to be especially grateful that McCutchen’s heroics provided him with the win.
“It shows we aren’t going to wait around, that we’re a team that’s going to fight,” McCutchen told Pirates.com. “Just because they tied the game up after we had a four-run lead, that doesn’t mean we’re going to give up.”
The victory is certainly one that the Pirates can look back on down the road when they need a boost of confidence.