The game might have been out of hand, but Andrew McCutchen’s final plate appearance on Saturday night resulted in a meaningful home run.
With the Pirates down 11-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, McCutchen stepped to the plate and delivered his first home run since re-joining the Pirates this offseason.
CUTCH HAS HOMERED AT PNC THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/AIQTfct9XW
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 9, 2023
His opposite-field home run over the Clemente Wall measured 350 feet. It’s his first at PNC Park while wearing a Pirates’ uniform since Sep. 26, 2017 when he turned in a memorable two-home run, eight RBI performance against the Baltimore Orioles.
That game, McCutchen hit his first career grand slam to right-center.
On Saturday night, McCutchen’s homer was too little to late for the Pirates’ chances of mounting a comeback, but his homer continued an impressive stretch at the plate to start the season.
He’s now slashing .375/.515/.583 on the year after finishing the night with three hits including his home run.
The long ball surely served as a memorable one for Pirates’ fans as one of the most popular players of the 21st century delivered what felt like old times.