McCutchen hits his 21st homerun but Pirates lose to Phillies

Posted on Sep 15 2016 - 12:16am by Kelly Stringer
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Gregory Polanco and the Pirates fall to 70-74 in loss to Phillies on Wednesday night. (Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff/ Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

Gregory Polanco and the Pirates fall to 70-74 in loss to Phillies on Wednesday night. (Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff/ Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

Andrew McCutchen hit his 21st homerun of the season on Wednesday night. His solo shot in the fourth inning put the Bucs on the board after they had fallen behind to the Phillies. Unfortunately, the Pirates were never able to catch Philadelphia and ended up losing the contest 6-2.

Things looked bleak from the starting pitching for the Pirates yet again. Steven Brault took the hill for the Bucs on Wednesday night. He remained winless after his seventh start, and he picked up his third loss. Brault pitched just 3 2/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits.

The hill featured several Pirates debuts in Philadelphia. Zach Phillips relieved Brault in the fourth with two outs. Phillips struck out the one batter he faced.

Wade LeBlanc also made his Bucco debut in the bottom of the seventh. He pitched two innings allowing two hits and dealt three strikeouts.

Freddy Galvis hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the second to get the offense started for Philadelphia. After a double and an error on Pirates’ third baseman David Freese, the Phillies were up 4-0 at the end of three.

McCutchen earned the first run of the night for Pittsburgh with his solo shot to left, and Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to score Gregory Polanco for two runs in the fourth. The Pirates had cut the lead in half, but Philadelphia quickly answered back.

The Phillies scored again on Brault in the fourth when Maikel Franco doubled scoring Cesar Hernandez—who had reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Eric Fryer. Philadelphia led 5-2 at the end of the fourth.

Philadelphia topped their scoring in the sixth inning when Tommy Joseph homered to left off Drew Hutchison putting the Phillies up four runs on the struggling Pirates.

Sean Rodriguez is tagged out at home in the ninth inning as a late rally comes to a halt in Pirates loss to Phillies. (Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff/ Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

Sean Rodriguez is tagged out at home in the ninth inning as a late rally comes to a halt in Pirates loss to Phillies. (Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff/ Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

The Pirates looked to rally again in the ninth inning, but Rodriguez was thrown out at home for the second out which quieted the Pirates’ chance of a come back.

Chad Kuhl will head to the mound in Thursday night’s contest at 7:05 P.M. ET. The Pirates will aim to even the series in Philadelphia as the four game series comes to a close on Thursday.

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