Andrew McCutchen returns to Pittsburgh for first time as a Giant


"As soon as the jersey gets put on me, that's what I am".

Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of a sloppy inning by former closer Tony Watson to slip by the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory. Overall, McCutchen had 5 All-Star appearances with the Pirates, hit 20+ home runs six times, and finished his Pirate career with a.291/.379/.487 line.

According to manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates aren't swinging bigger or even necessarily trying to go deep.

Watson spent seven years with the Pirates and was a reliable relief pitcher.

"He might have said, 'Hey, ' and I was just kind of star-struck", Kuhl said. The 2013 NL MVP tipped his helmet to the Pirates fans while they showed him love with a standing ovation as he was introduced for his first at-bat.

Pittsburgh's ability to cash in against Watson crushed a Giants squad that scored a run in the seventh and one more in the eighth to tie the game 5-5. It was Hundley's second homer after he did not hit any a year ago. "I've got to give the credit to Hundo who kept pushing me". This will be the first time the Pirates see Suarez. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams gave up four runs over five frames for a ND with Richard Rodriguez allowing an 8th inning run yet still picking up the win.

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In the first inning alone, Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt all slammed Nova fastballs more than 340 feet into the outfield, but a well-positioned Pirates defense tracked down each flyball. "To be going back and doing a fairly good job definitely is a plus".

Nova He blamed himself for not being able to field Pablo Sandoval's sixth-inning grounder.

Pittsburgh (21-16), which also got backlash for dealing away starter Gerrit Cole, has not collapsed after shedding a couple top players from recent seasons. In the bottom of the third inning, Jose Osuna slugged a one-out double off the left field wall that almost left the yard, but Holland followed it up by inducing a groundball to Crawford at shortstop who promptly threw an eager Osuna out while he was trying to take third base.

Relievers Reyes Moronta, Will Smith and Hunter Strickland preserved the shutout.

"We needed that in the worst way", Bochy said.

I understand the impulse to say to yourself, "self, I think McCutchen will be extra motivated/focused against his former team".