Cutch's First Career Dinger Paces Pirates Offense
Andrew McCutchen, Andy LaRoche and Adam LaRoche each homered and drove in a pair of runs as Ian Snell won for just the second time all year.
McCutchen hit a two run homer in the third. After Joe Crede’s two RBI knock tied the score in the home half of the fourth, Andy LaRoche hit a two run blast in the fourth to give the Priates the lead for goo.
Adam LaRoche added a solo dinger and an sac fly later in the game and Robinzon Diaz drove in two with a double.
Snell went six innings. He gave up five hits, three walks and two runs. Francisco Liriano was touched for four runs on eight hits in seven innings. John Grabow pitched two innings and Steven Jackson mopped up.
Happy with Snell’s outing and would glady take more.
The brothers LaRoche share for the active roster lead in RBI
Delwyn Young only had one hit. He is clearly slumping.
This was Snell’s second win of the year. Win #2 last year came on 4/12 of 2008. But his third win of 2008 didn’t come until June 11. So, he’s not that far behind the pace.
Joe Mauer is hitting .425 but is 41 at bats away from qualifying for the leader boards.
Andrew McCutchen is the third Pirate rookie to record his first career dinger this year (Robinzon Diaz and Jason Jaramillo). He homered in his 13th game. Bucco rookies who have homered in the first 10 games this decade:
Robinzon Diaz – 7th game- 2009
Nate McLouth – 9th game – 2005
Ray Sadler – 3rd game – 2005
John Van Benschoten – 2nd game – 2004
Jose Castillo – 8th game – 2004
Andy Barkett – 9th game – 2001
Rob Mackowiak – 9th game – 2001
Craig Wilson – 4th game – 2001
Adam Hyzdu – 6th game – 2000
Alex Hernandez – 7th game – 2000
Tike Redman – 7th game – 2000