McCutchen Hits 3 Homers in a Game for 2nd Time in Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 27, 2016

DENVER, CO - APRIL 26:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grounds out to shortstop Cristhian Adames #18 of the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at Coors Field on April 26, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Pirates defeated Rockies 9-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen broke out of his slump in a big way Tuesday night, recording the second three-homer game of his career in a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Taking advantage of the altitude at Coors Field, the 29-year-old superstar hit no-doubt solo home runs to left-center field in the first and second innings, getting the best of Rockies starting pitcher Christian Bergman both times.

Following a fourth-inning groundout, McCutchen made the most of his fourth at-bat against Bergman, sneaking a line-drive, three-run home run just barely over the right field fence to give the Pirates a commanding 7-3 lead.

McCutchen later had a chance to make it four homers, but he was retired by Rockies reliever Scott Oberg on a harmless groundout for the second out of the eighth inning.

Though it appeared Pittsburgh's rally in the top of the ninth might give him another chance, McCutchen was still two batters away when pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez made the team's final out.

It had been quite some time since McCutchen's other three-homer effort, which came back on Aug. 1, 2009, against the Washington Nationals during his rookie season.

He's the fourth player to record multiple three-homer games as a member of the Pirates, and the other three—Willie Stargell, Ralph Kiner and Roberto Clemente—are all enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).


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