Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a trio of solo homers, leading his team to a 7-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. His first dinger came in the first inning off of Clayton Richard, putting the Pirates up 1-0. He went yard again in the eighth, boosting the Pirates’ lead to 5-1. His third homer caromed off of the right field foul pole, making it a 7-1 game.
McCutchen is the eighth player to hit three home runs in a game this season, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Anthony Rendon, Scooter Gennett (four), Eddie Rosario, Corey Seager, and Nolan Arenado. Despite the home run surge that we’ve seen this season, we’re still a ways off from matching last year’s three-homer game count of 19. The record was set in 2001 with 22 three-homer games.
Last year, McCutchen put up the worst numbers of his career and he lost his long time position in center field entering this season until Starling Marte was suspended. McCutchen has turned things around this year. After Sunday’s action, he’s batting .292/.385/.535 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 431 plate appearances.