Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Here’s an abbreviated rundown of Pirates action in Kansas City this week:

All-Star Game

  • Andrew McCutchen entered in the 5th inning and played CF for the rest of the game. He clobbered a line-drive single off lefty Chris Sale in his first at-bat (and reportedly flashed the “Z”, although the TV cameras missed it). He grounded out–barely–in the ninth against Fernando Rodney, when Elvis Andrus‘ strong throw from third beat him to the base by a split-second. Cutch also did a pretty awesome dance in a pre-filmed shot coming out of a commercial break.
  • Joel Hanrahan was one of three NL pitchers to appear in the ninth inning. He struck out local favorite Billy Butler, sending KC fans home disappointed. Joel was wild (he threw three balls that missed badly, and one went for a wild pitch) but recovered for an impressive 3-2 98 MPH fastball for strike three. Butler was the only batter Joel faced.
  • And of course, the NL won 8-0. The team with the best home record in baseball will have home field advantage if they make it to the World Series.

Home Run Derby

McCutchen hit four homers, coming up one short of possibly advancing out of the first round. A couple were hit very well but there were no real tape-measure shots. Here’s video of all four. It wasn’t a dazzling performance by Cutch, but he hit two more homers than anyone else had in Pirates history (Bay 0, Bonds 2, Bonilla 0), hit more than two other contestants (Cano, Kemp) and tied another (Gonzalez). Not bad.

Many criticized ESPN for interviewing Josh Hamilton during Cutch’s session, but that is relatively commonplace during the Derby (in fact, Cutch was interviewed during David Ortiz’s turn last year) and it wasn’t their fault that his session didn’t last very long. McCutchen has gotten plenty of national recognition (countless writers have named him their midseason MVP) and will continue to do so if he keeps this up.

Futures game

  • Gerrit Cole pitched the second inning. He looked great to start, throwing the upper 90’s fastball with good-looking breaking stuff. He got the first two batters to strike out and ground out, but then seemed to lose his command when he walked a batter and allowed a homer on a pitch right over the heart of the plate. The inning summed up his development perfectly; Cole absolutely has the stuff to dominate, but needs to be better with his location.
  • Jameson Taillon also pitched an inning. His pitches looked pretty good on TV (95-ish fastball, sharp curve), but they got hit relatively hard. The World team doubled twice and scored a run off him before a relatively lucky DP (thanks to a nice play by the SS) ended his inning.

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft


Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

More international NFL games could be on the horizon

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.