Stat Line Of The Night – 5/8/12 – Josh Hamilton
Stat Line Of The Night – 5/9/12 – Andrew McCutchen
The Pittsburgh Pirates may not be known for being one of the best teams in the league – the team finished last night tied for third in the National League Central – but they have one of the best center fielders in Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates have been an above average team at their home PNC Park with an 8-6 record when playing there, and last night they showed why, defeating the Washington Nationals 4-2. Once the Pirates’ starting pitcher Erik Bedard went down with back spasms after pitching only a single inning, the bullpen took over and the star center fielder McCutchen went to work.
McCutchen had a great offensive night, going 4-4 with a home run and three singles, while also scoring two runs and picking up a pair of RBIs. His performance also included something very seldom seen in the modern era of baseball. In the bottom of the third inning, Casey McGehee came to the plate with two outs and McCutchen looming on second base. As Ross Detwiler delivered the 3-2 pitch, McCutchen broke for third base, and McGehee then hit a ground ball to shortstop. Instead of slowing down on the way to third, McCutchen steamed right past third base, which was enough to draw the attention of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. As the Pirates’ center fielder continued his sprint far past third, Desmond threw the ball home, but McCutchen made it there first with a final burst of speed and was called safe at the plate. McCutchen had scored from second base on a ground ball to shortstop.
Andrew McCutchen’s perfect performance offensively last night, combined with his incredible display of speed on the base paths, led the Pittsburgh Pirates to another win at home, keeping their record at PNC Park above .500. The Pirates’ center fielder’s display of power and speed makes him deserving of “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, May 9, 2012.