Genting Club Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is on a mission to retain his crown in 2014. Among the best ways to make that happen? Come up in the ninth inning with your team trailing by a run and hit a game-tying homer, then come up with the game tied and hit a go-ahead homer two innings later. That will always get people talking, and that’s exactly what McCutchen did on Saturday night, helping his Pirates to a huge 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
เก็นติ้งคลับ McCutchen’s ninth inning homer was a solo shot off Jonathan Broxton, who was filling in for closer Aroldis Chapman. The game-winner was also a solo blast, this time off J.J. Hoover in 11th. The homers were McCutchen’s 16th and 17th of the season. He’s hit 20 against Cincinnati in his career, the most by any opposing player since his debut in 2009.
Like any good leader though, he was quick to credit others action’s that afforded him the opportunity.
SBOBET When was the last time you saw a 5-8 forceout at second base on a bunt? Anyone? Bueller?
Watch this bit of baseball wonder above and you’ll see the aforementioned abnormality courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals. The play started with a mental lapse, but ended with enough hustle to make you forget something was wrong in the first place.
SBO Here’s how it unfolded: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez squared around to bunt with two runners on in the sixth inning. The Cardinals had put a play on for such an event, sending their shortstop to cover third base and their second baseman to cover first while the corner infielders charged. So far, so good.
When Volquez popped up the bunt and didn’t quickly leave the batter’s box, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter decided it was better to let the ball drop and try to turn a double play. The ball hit the ground, he grabbed it and threw to second base. Did you pick up on the problem here? No one was covering second.