‘Pirate Captain’ McCutchen reaches 2,000 career hits…first against the Mets, 14 years later

Pittsburgh Pirates legend Andrew McCutchen has recorded his 2,000th career hit.

McCutchen started in the leadoff spot and went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout against the New York Mets in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.

McCutchen led off the bottom of the first inning with a 1B1S situation and took Carlos Carrasco’s 85.8 mph (about 138 km/h) slider up the middle and crushed it in front of the left-field fence. With the hit, he reached the 2,000-hit plateau.메이저놀이터

McCutchen became the 291st player in major league history to reach 2,000 hits. Only five active players have 2,000 hits. He joins Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Nelson Cruz (San Diego Padres), Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds), and Elvis Andrews (Chicago White Sox).

“I wanted to do it here in Pittsburgh,” McCutchen said after the game, “and I’m glad I was able to do it here, it’s a special moment.”

McCutchen was selected by Pittsburgh with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2005 draft. He made his first big league appearance in 2009 and played in Pittsburgh through the 2017 season. He was acquired by the San Francisco Giants in a trade prior to the 2018 season and bounced around with the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee Brewers before signing a one-year, $5 million deal with Pittsburgh ahead of this season.

In 57 games this season, McCutchen is batting .265 with eight doubles, 23 home runs, 52 RBIs, seven runs scored and an .804 OPS. His career numbers are 1952 games, 2000 hits, 295 home runs, 1025 RBI, 1149 runs scored, 212 doubles, .277 OPS, .837 slugging percentage.

McCutchen recorded his first major league hit on June 5, 2009, against the Mets at PNC Park. Fourteen years later, he reached the 2,000-hit milestone against the Mets on June 12 at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, gave up a run-scoring single to Jeff McNeil in the top of the fourth inning, but tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Zack Swinski. Bae Ji-Hwan followed with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Carrasco. Tukupita Makano followed with an RBI single to center field. The teams were unable to score the rest of the way, and Pittsburgh held on for the 2-1 victory.

Pittsburgh remained in first place in the National League Central with a 33-30 record. The Pirates return home for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, starting on April 14.

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