McCutchen broke out of his slump in a big way, blasting three home runs—his third, fourth and fifth of the season—to lead the Pirates in their third straight win to move to 12-9 on the season. Starling Marte hit his third home run of the season as well and David Freese belted his first home run as a Pirates player. There’s your power, folks. It just may all come in bunches or only when the team is playing at Coors, but it’s there.
The last Pirates player to hit three home runs in a game was also McCutchen back on August 1, 2009. I guess we can pump the brakes on the “what’s wrong with McCutchen” tweets. He’s proven to be a bit of a slow starter, but with the day off yesterday, Coors Field and a lefty on the mound, Cutch came back in a big way.
Gregory Polanco recorded two hits, one of them a double…what else is new? That’s his 9th double so far through 21 games. He’s hitting .333 this season.
Gerrit Cole started and while it wasn’t his best outing ever, he made it through 6.0 innings with two runs allowed on three strikeouts for a quality start. He gave up eight hits in the game, including a home run to star-in-the-making Nolan Arenado. That was pretty much it for the Rockies. The bullpen led by Caminero, Feliz and Scahill actually tossed 3.0 shutout innings to secure the win.
The three-game winning streak Buccos will meet the Rockies at 8:40PM Wednesday for the third game of this series.