McCutchen’s walk off caps off series win

Final: Pirates 5, Phillies 4

WP: Joel Hanrahan (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

LP: David Herndon (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

Strong pitching and timely hitting once again led the Pirates to a walk off win against the cross-state Phillies. Last night it was Alex Presley getting the job done in the 10th. Today it was Andrew McCutchen.

Philadelphia started the scoring with an RBI double by Hunter Pence in the first inning of starter James McDonald. Pence would also homer in the 4th inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Those would be the only two blemishes for J-Mac, however, as he pitched six strong innings giving up just those two runs.

Pedro Alvarez hit an absolute bomb [video] that cleared the right field seats in the 5th inning to cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1.

The Phillies would answer back, though, in the 7th inning, scoring two runs thanks in large part to an error by Neil Walker on a sacrifice bunt by Freddy Galvis. The Pirates didn’t go away, though, and answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a Casey McGehee RBI double off the wall in right field and an RBI single by Alex Presley.

Matt Hague (aka “The Hit Collector”), tied the game up in the bottom of the 8th with his first ML hit [video] to score McCutchen.

McGehee then led off the bottom of the 9th with a double into the North Side Notch. Josh Harrison took over as a pinch-runner and was later hit in by a walk off single off the center field wall from McCutchen [video].

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