Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate in the fourth inning of last Friday’s game and promptly fell behind in the count 0-2. Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson threw a called first strike and induced a swing and miss with a high slider that started inside but ran out of the strike zone.

There were men on first and third with no outs, and the Pirates trailed the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0.

The Pirates also hadn’t scored since the seventh inning of that Monday’s home-opener when Corey Hart hit a two-run home run in the team’s 5-4 win against Detroit. The scoreless skid spanned 22 innings.

McCutchen proceeded to work the count, fouling off four pitches and taking two out of the strike zone. He put the ninth offering from Nelson into play, a ground ball that found its way to shortstop Jean...

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