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Andrew McCutchen Homers Three Times for Pirates

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Wow. Pirates leading 11-4. McCutchen is 4-for-4 with six RBIs, and it's only the sixth inning. He crushed the last one to left and admired it a bit, for which you can hardly blame him. Wow.

Great day all around for the Pirates--new acquisitions Brett LorinJose Ascanio and Tim Alderson are all having good debuts so far, too. And Pedro Alvarez is 1-for-1 with a jack and two walks, and Jose Tabata is 2-for-2 with two walks in his Indianapolis debut. On a day like this you can begin to imagine how the Pirates' rebuilding plan might actually work. I'm not saying it will, of course, just that if you want to be an optimist, here's the day for you.

Consider this the overflow thread.

UPDATE: McCutchen grounded into a double play in the bottom of the eighth, so he's probably out of chances to hit four. Still, wow. He should finish the evening 4-for-5 with three homers, all to left, and a bunt single. There were some amazing moments when he came out for a curtain call after the third homer, and when he came out to bat in the eighth. I can't remember the last time something this cool happened to a player I like as much as I like Cutch.