Former Pirates (and Phillies) starter A.J. Burnett was at Citizens Bank Park for Thursday’s series finale between the Pirates and Phillies. He reconnected with some of his former Pirates teammates before the game, then joined the Pirates’ broadcast booth in the third inning.
Per Joe Block, one of the broadcasters, Burnett said that Andrew McCutchen promised he’d hit him two home runs during Thursday’s game. So what did McCutchen, who has had an uncharacteristically awful season, do against the Phillies? He hit two homers.
Cutch’s first dinger was a solo shot off of Jerad Eickhoff in the fourth inning, doubling the Pirates’ lead to 2-0. He victimized Frank Herrmann in the eighth with another solo shot, boosting the lead to 7-2.
After Thursday’s win, McCutchen is batting .249/.329/.425 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI. There’s not much he can do, at this point, to salvage what has been by far the worst season of his career.