I'm traveling, so a quick recap today. Andrew McCutchen broke out for two homers, including a three-run shot in a five-run sixth inning, and Jeff Locke pitched seven strong frames as the Pirates beat the Dodgers 6-1 Saturday.
As un-McCutchen-like as much of Cutch's season has been, he's now had two multi-homer games, including a three-homer performance at Coors Field in April. On Saturday, he broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a solo job to left, and then came up in the sixth with two men on and broke another tie, sending a fastball to left to put the Bucs up 4-1. Later in the inning, Matt Joyce walked and came home on Jordy Mercer's fourth homer of the year.
Locke, meanwhile, allowed only an RBI double by A.J. Ellis in the sixth. He threw five perfect innings before that. He lasted seven innings, striking out three and walking none in a game that's likely to rank as one of the Pirates' better pitching performances this season.