Andrew McCutchen reacts to his own home run
The Philadelphia Phillies lost 5-3 with one out and corner runners late in the ninth on Monday night.
Then Andrew McCutchen arrived.
For his 261st career home run, Cutch took a fastball from the first pitch from closest to Nationals Brad Hand and sent it into the right field stands. It was the eighth home run of his career. According to Sarah langs, McCutchen has the third-most career homers among active players, behind Ryan Zimmerman and Albert Pujols.
Thanks to McCutchen, the Phillies have now won 50 games and are again above .500.
After the game, Cutch took to Twitter to give fans a taste of what it’s like to hit a home run:
Do the three clouds mean the three races his homer drove in, or am I over-analyzing the emojis again?
After the game, the modest McCutchen gave credit to his team:
“We are a resilient club here. We know what we are capable of. Regardless of the score. It doesn’t matter which round it is. If we stay close we know we have the opportunity to win this ball game. We never felt like we got out of it. “
Andrew McCutchen was instrumental in the success of the Phillies this summer.
Cutch is having an absolutely epic summer. In early July, he hit his second grand slam of the season as a fourth batter in a game against the Chicago Cubs. His first, on June 23, was the first grand slam of his career, and the first by a Phillie since 2017.
As of June 1, McCutchen is hitting .283 / .404 / .580 with a .984 OPS, seven doubles, 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 44 games.
Good thing too, as the Phillies’ pitching is in dire straits. Although Joe Girardi has said Spencer Howard will be “down” for the start of Monday, the rookie left the game in the fourth inning with a blister in the middle finger. It’s irony to you.
The starting rotation has been as much of a problem as the bullpen lately, if not more. Vince Velasquez has a 10+ ERA in his last four starts, and Zach Eflin is on the injured list.
In a twist of fate, after Howard allowed four earned runs on six hits and couldn’t get out of the fourth inning on Monday, Brandon Kintzler, Connor Brogdon, Jose Alvarado and Hector Neris combined for more than four clean innings. . Archie Bradley came in to pitch the ninth and allowed a run, but Cutch more than made up for it.
As a funny coincidence, one of the eight career home runs was out of Bradley in 2017.
The Phillies’ six runs came from a pair of three-run homers, one from Rhys Hoskins in the sixth inning and the kick from McCutchen. This is Cutch’s 13th season in the major leagues, but the 34-year-old clearly has plenty more in the tank.