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.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.