Another ballpark, Andrew McCutchen thought, and it might have been a homer. Anywhere else and his opposite-field drive in the eighth inning might have cleared the fence and McCutchen would have hit for the cycle. But, at PNC Park, the ball hit about 8 feet shy of the top of the right-field Clemente Wall.
“You know,” McCutchen said, “I’ll take the double RBI.”
McCutchen went 4 for 5 with three extra-base hits, Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs, and the Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-2, Friday. The sellout crowd of 38,977 was the largest July 4 crowd in the history of PNC Park.
Those fans saw the Pirates bat around in the first and score four runs. They also saw Gerrit Cole leave the game early because of what he called tightness in his right lat — short for latissimus dorsi, the large muscle in the middle and upper back. They watched Stolmy Pimentel work himself into a colossal jam, then watched Jared Hughes celebrate his 29th birthday while extricating the ...