CHICAGO Put cheap Andrew McCutchen jersey in Wrigley Field, and he can play forever.
McCutchen’s .315 batting average at the Friendly Confines is second best among active big leaguers. Nobody has a higher on base percentage there.
With the Pirates jerseys trailing the Chicago Cubs jerseys by one run in the seventh inning Saturday, McCutchen went to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second.
Cue the “Field of Dreams” theme music.
McCutchen fell behind 0 2 against reliever cheap Pedro Strop jersey, but a pair of errant sliders evened the count.
Sliders have bedeviled McCutchen this season. His 29.5 percent strike rate on sliders is higher than any other pitch.
“They can throw ’em as much as they want, but the good hitters are able authentic jerseys China to adjust,” McCutchen said. “I made a bad swing on one, made an adjustment. He threw two good ones in the dirt, and I spit on those.”
Strop threw another slider. McCutchen murdered it.
“He left one up, and I was able to do it,” McCutchen said. “That’s what good hitters do.”
McCutchen’s shot into the left field bleachers propelled the Pirates jerseys to an 8 7 comeback victory against the Cubs jerseys.
“This guy (Strop) had him maybe where he thought he wanted him,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Andrew put a pretty swing on it.”
The ball veered a bit toward the foul pole, but there was never any doubt it was long enough to get out.
“When he hit it, I jumped over the fence (in front of the dugout),” cheap Josh Harrison jersey said. “Everybody got pretty excited. The crowd went pretty silent.”
It was McCutchen’s 177th career home run, which moved him ahead of Barry Bonds into fourth place on the Pirates jerseys’ all time list. Roberto Clemente is third with 240 homers.
It also was the first home run McCutchen hit on MLB’s Jackie Robinson Day.
“My numbers aren’t that great on Jackie Robinson Day,” McCutchen said. “Maybe I put a little added pressure on myself, just because. It was great to be able to do that the way I did it. It was awesome. It means a lot and is something I’m going to remember, definitely.”
With a 24 mph wind blowing out to center field, the Pirates jerseys hit four home runs.
“You have quite the advantage playing in this ballpark when the wind is howling out like that,” McCutchen said.
Two of the five hits allowed by Cubs jerseys right hander cheap Jake Arrieta jersey were solo homers. cheap Francisco Cervelli jersey went deep in the second inning, and cheap Starling Marte jersey homered in the sixth.
The Pirates jerseys got two runs, including Harrison’s solo shot, off reliever cheap Brian Duensing jersey in the seventh.
The Cubs jerseys had early success against rookie cheap Tyler Glasnow jersey and led 6 2 after three innings.
“This ballpark is one of the roughest ones,” Harrison said. “They’ve got some rude fans. Our job is to (block) that out. (Glasnow) did a good job of settling down, keeping us where we needed to be and allowed our bats to wake up.”
Last Monday, Glasnow lasted just 123 innings against the Cincinnati Reds jerseys and yielded five runs on four hits and five walks.
Against the Cubs jerseys, Glasnow showed flashes of progress. Yet, there remains much work to be done.
Glasnow worked five innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits. The rookie right hander issued two walks, both coming in the fifth, and hit a batter.
The Cubs jerseys scored four runs in the first, including a titanic two run homer by Bryant. Glasnow yielded two runs on two hits over the next four innings.
“It was something we definitely can build on,” Hurdle said. “After he got hit hard twice (in the first inning), I think it caught his attention because he was a different cat from that point on.”
Using a revamped delivery, Glasnow got seven strikeouts. His changeup and curveball played much better than in his first outing.