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Video: Andrew McCutchen caps six-hit night with walk-off home run

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So much for that extra off day messing up the Giants’ rhythm. Right fielder Andrew McCutchen had himself a banner night during Saturday’s 14-inning showdown against the Dodgers, notching six hits and delivering the game-winning, three-run homer to push the Giants above .500.

Hours before the game’s explosive conclusion, however, McCutchen put the Giants on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He returned in the fourth with a leadoff single, eventually coming around to score on Buster Posey‘s first home run of the season — a 389-footer into the left field bleachers.

McCutchen roped another pair of base hits off of Pedro Baez in the fifth and Kenta Maeda in the seventh, but his success at the plate didn’t translate into any additional runs. Following Brandon Belt‘s sixth-inning RBI double and Chase Utley‘s game-tying solo shot in the seventh, neither team added to their totals for the next six straight innings. In the 12th, with Kenley Jansen on the mound, McCutchen laced another single into right field and tied the career-high mark he set back in May 2010, with five hits. (The last Giants player to collect 5+ hits in a single game? Brandon Crawford, with a franchise-record seven hits against the Marlins in 2016.)

While he didn’t manage to go a perfect 7-for-7 to tie Crawford’s record, McCutchen saved his best at-bat for last. In the bottom of the 14th, down 5-4 with runners on the corners and no outs, he labored through a 12-pitch at-bat against rookie right-hander Wilmer Font. McCutchen never reached a full count, instead fouling off eight pitches in order to keep the Giants’ hopes alive. He didn’t allow Buster Posey another opportunity to play the hero, either, finally selecting a 94-mph fastball and cranking it to left field for a 377-foot, dugout-clearing, walk-off home run:

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.