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McCutchen provides spark in major league debut as Bucs broom Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Prized prospect Andrew McCutchen did his best to make the Pittsburgh Pirates forget about Nate McLouth -- at least for now.

A day after the team traded the All-Star outfielder to Atlanta, McCutchen had a productive major league debut to help Pittsburgh complete a rain-shortened, three-game sweep of the New York Mets with an 11-6 victory Thursday.

"Everybody's talking about the future. We're not looking to the future. This is the now," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We're very excited about where we're at, and we added a very talented player."

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Jason Jaramillo drove in a career-high four runs, Ramon Vazquez went 4-for-4 and Andy LaRoche had two RBI and scored twice for Pittsburgh, which roughed up Mike Pelfrey to win its fourth in five games.

Wednesday night's game was rained out, but at about the time it was supposed to start the Pirates dealt an All-Star outfielder for the second consecutive season. The move made room for the 22-year-old McCutchen, a speedy center fielder who was immediately called up from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He went 2-for-4 with three runs, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base against the Mets.

"With what happened [Wednesday], this was a big win for us as a team and for the city," LaRoche said.

Carlos Beltran, playing his first game in five days because of a stomach virus, homered and doubled off the wall. David Wright broke out of a slump with two hits and two walks for the Mets, who have lost four of five. They were swept on the road for the third time this season.

Pelfrey (4-2) allowed a career-worst nine runs -- eight earned -- and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is the first Mets starter to allow nine runs since Jason Vargas on July 3, 2007, at Colorado.

Pelfrey had been charged with a combined seven runs over his past four starts. He walked four and struck out three in this one.

"I had the absolute worst outing of my entire career today," Pelfrey said. "I wasn't executing pitches, and they made me pay for it."

Steven Jackson (1-0) earned his first major league win in his second game with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Pirates had only two extra-base hits in the game -- a double and a triple -- but scored nine runs during the first four innings.

Russell inserted McCutchen into the leadoff spot hoping he'd spark the offense. It worked immediately, as McCutchen singled up the middle in his first major league at-bat, starting a four-run first. LaRoche and Jaramillo each had a two-run single.

"I had a few butterflies, but after you get that first one out of the way, you pretty much get settled down and say, 'Let's play ball now,'" McCutchen said.

McCutchen singled home Vazquez in the seventh and scored when Nyjer Morgan followed with a triple. Morgan had two hits and scored twice.

"I don't try to come up here to take [McLouth's] place," said McCutchen, selected two spots after Pelfrey in the first round of the 2005 draft. "I just came up here because I believe I earned it. They know what game I can play, so I basically just want to play my game and stay within myself. I know if I do that, I'll have success."

Adam LaRoche had an RBI double in the second, and Pittsburgh's four-run fourth chased Pelfrey. Jaramillo hit his second two-run single of the game, and Vazquez also had an RBI single.

The Mets got RBI singles from Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo, and an RBI double from Alex Cora, in the second. Fernando Martinez doubled to score Wright in the fifth.

New York came to Pittsburgh on Monday having won five of six.

"We need to put this series behind us, really, and move forward," Wright said. "It's funny how this game works. We were playing good baseball before we got here."

Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was charged with five runs, nine hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett, Jackson and Jesse Chavez combined for 4 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

"Andrew had a great first game. He's an exciting player, and there are a lot of incredible things he can do," Ohlendorf said.

Notes

  • Andy LaRoche was removed at the start of the seventh inning due to a bruised right knee. He was hit by a pitch in the fourth. X-rays were negative.
  • Despite being swept at Citi Field last month, Pittsburgh is 11-5 against NL East teams this season.
 
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Andrew McCutchen experiences a clubhouse ritual after going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. (AP)
Andrew McCutchen experiences a clubhouse ritual after going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

D. Wright
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Alex Cora, SS5011000 .321
Luis Castillo, 2B4111100 .284
Carlos Beltran, CF4121111 .356
Gary Sheffield, RF5000015 .269
David Wright, 3B3221200 .326
Daniel Murphy, 1B4011103 .248
Fernando Martinez, LF4121002 .222
Omir Santos, C4010001 .261
Mike Pelfrey, P2100003 .059
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Emil Brown, PH1000001 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .322
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Totals37610652  
a-grounded out for Takahashi in the 5th
b-grounded out for Putz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (5, Ohlendorf), Carlos Beltran (16, Ohlendorf), David Wright (13, J. Chavez), Fernando Martinez (3, Ohlendorf)
HR - Carlos Beltran (7, Ohlendorf)
RBI - Alex Cora (5), Luis Castillo (13), Carlos Beltran (32), David Wright (31), Daniel Murphy (18), Fernando Martinez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cora (2), Luis Castillo (6), Carlos Beltran (11), David Wright (11)
SB - David Wright (13, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Pelfrey-Santos-Murphy
E - Daniel Murphy (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,4-2) 3.2998430 4.85
Ken Takahashi 0.1100010 2.77
Sean Green 2000010 5.96
J.J. Putz 1322000 5.22
Pedro Feliciano 1000010 2.42
IBB - LaRoche by Mike Pelfrey
HBP - LaRoche (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 83-49, Ken Takahashi 10-6, Sean Green 16-10, J.J. Putz 23-15, Pedro Feliciano 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-1, Sean Green 3-2, J.J. Putz 1-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 25, Ken Takahashi 2, Sean Green 6, J.J. Putz 6, Pedro Feliciano 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4321100 .500
Nyjer Morgan, LF4221000 .280
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000014 .321
Adam LaRoche, 1B3211200 .245
Andy LaRoche, 3B3212011 .298
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Monroe, PH1000010 .229
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Brandon Moss, RF4111110 .264
Jason Jaramillo, C4024000 .282
Ramon Vazquez, SS4141000 .270
Ross Ohlendorf, P3000024 .048
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Eric Hinske, 3B1000001 .267
Totals3611131146  
a-struck out for Jackson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (18, Pelfrey)
3B - Nyjer Morgan (5, Putz)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (4)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (1), Nyjer Morgan (18), Adam LaRoche (24), Andy LaRoche 2 (27), Brandon Moss (13), Jason Jaramillo 4 (12), Ramon Vazquez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (1), Nyjer Morgan (12), Adam LaRoche (10), Brandon Moss (2), Jason Jaramillo 2 (5), Ramon Vazquez (5)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (1, 2nd base off Putz/Santos), Ramon Vazquez (1, 2nd base off Putz/Santos)
Team LOB - 7
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf 4.1955311 4.85
Tom Gorzelanny 0.2000000 6.75
Sean Burnett 1000010 3.04
Steven Jackson (W,1-0) 2000100 0.00
Jesse Chavez 1111100 3.13
WP - Jesse Chavez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 84-47, Tom Gorzelanny 6-5, Sean Burnett 17-10, Steven Jackson 29-16, Jesse Chavez 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 7-5, Tom Gorzelanny 2-0, Sean Burnett 1-1, Steven Jackson 4-2, Jesse Chavez 1-2
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 25, Tom Gorzelanny 2, Sean Burnett 3, Steven Jackson 7, Jesse Chavez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20683
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Ted Barrett