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McCutchen Shines as Bucs Sweep Mets

McCutchen Shines as Bucs Sweep Mets

Nate McLouth is gone. Long live Nate McLouth.
Andrew McCutchen is up and off to a great start. He had two hits, an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Pirates offense used a bunch of singles to give Mike Pelfrey an early shower.
McCutchen singled leading off the first, touching off a four run inning. The Pirates scored four more times in the fourth, forcing the Mets to their bullpen. Unfortunately, Bucs starter Ross Ohlendorf wasn't on. Despite the huge lead, he didn't last long enough for the win as he was yanked with one out in the fifth.
Pelfrey gave up 8 earned in 3-2/3. Ohlendorf was charged with five runs in 4-1/3. Steven Jackson received the win for two scoreless innings of relief work.
The Good
McCutchen's start was very nice.
Jason Jaramillo knocked in a career best four runs.
Ramon Vazquez went 4-4.
The bullpen tossed 4-2/3 IP of one hit relief.
The Bad
Ohlendorf's outing was the classic "hang in there and get the win". But he couldn't and didn't.
Andy LaRoche, w...

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