The three game set against Cincinnati is arguably the biggest series to date for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and in years. Both clubs have been hot, too. Since May 25, the Pirates (40-20) and Reds (39-22) have the two best records in the Major Leagues. Pittsburgh entered game action in second place just 3.5 games back in the National League Central division to Cincinnati. The series should be intense and full of emotion, which proved to be true when Andrew McCutchen was beaned by a 101 mph fastball up and in on his left shoulder from closer Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth. The Pirates All-Star stared down their closer as he took first base. Minutes later, the usually calm McCutchen showed his anger in the dugout after the Pirates dropped game one in a 3-0 shutout.
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