National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen hit a game-winning solo
homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the
Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, in the middle installment of a three-game set.
After Josh Harrison lined out to center field to start the frame, McCutchen,
who was 0-for-4 prior to his final at-bat, smacked a 2-2 fastball off Jonathan
Broxton (3-2) into the right-center field seats.
Joel Hanrahan (5-1) worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.
"He shows up every day and leads by example," said Pittsburgh manager Clint
Hurdle about McCutchen. "When he's not performing to the level that he thinks
he can, he takes it personal. He's been our best player most of the season."
Pittsburgh starter Kyle McPherson tossed six scoreless frames. He fanned five,
scattered four hits and walked one for the Pirates, who had lost nine of their
previous 11 contests.
Mike Leake started the game for Cincinnati and also fired six scoreless
innings. He struck out three, surrendered four hits and walked three for the
Reds, who are one game behind the Washington Nationals for the best record in
the National League.
"I hope we stay in it the whole time so I can have a significant role in it,"
said Leake about the upcoming playoffs. "As a player, you always want to win
and the playoffs is the time to do it."
The Pirates recorded just four hits over the first six frames before
registering the game's first run in the seventh.
Clint Barmes began the inning with a single off Jose Arredondo, who then
committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, which allowed Barmes to
scamper to second. Pinch-hitter Brock Holt bunted Barmes over to third before
Alex Presley brought home pinch-runner Chase d'Arnaud with a double to left-
Cincinnati, which had just five hits over its first seven frames, tied the
game in the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick smacked a leadoff double off Jason Grilli and pinch-
runner Denis Phipps went to third on Wilson Valdez's bunt. After Zack Cozart
struck out and Joey Votto was intentionally walked, Phipps scored on Scott
Rolen's bloop single into left-center field.
McCutchen's homer was his 31st of the season ... The Pirates were 1-for-7 with
runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, while Cincinnati finished
1-for-9 with RISP and stranded nine.
09/30 00:57:56 ET