CHICAGO — Sometimes, it’s hard to believe Andrew McCutchen hasn’t yet reached the one-year anniversary of his callup to the majors.
Friday, McCutchen went 5 for 5 with five runs scored in the 10-6 rout of the Cubs. He became the first Pirate to have five or more hits and score at least five runs in a game since Rennie Stennett went 7 for 7 with five runs on Sept. 16, 1975. Stennett did that feat right here at Wrigley Field.
McCutchen, 23, has been immune so far from the slumps that have ailed practically everyone in the lineup.
“He’s so dynamic in so many ways,” manager John Russell said. “There are a lot of factors involved, but the main factor is just the kind of guy he is. He’s got a great head on his shoulders and handles adversity and success very well. He handles (the media), the fans. He’s a very level-headed young man.”
— Maybe it’s something about the Friendly Confines that brings out the best in guys. Garrett Jones, who lives in southern suburb Tinley Park, is hitting .588 (10 for 17) with 10 RBI in four games this season against the Cubbies.
— Steve Pearce (knee) said he would be able to pinch hit — but would need a pinch runner — if needed in today’s game.
— Infielder Bobby Crosby, who’s rocking a Fu Manchu mustache, was the target of some good-natured kidding this morning in the clubhouse. Did Crosby grow the ‘stache after losing a bet? “Nah, just got bored,” he said, grinning.
Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Pirates (14-20) — 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andy LaRoche 3b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Ryan Church lf, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Jeff Clement 1b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Paul Maholm (2-3, 4.61) lhp
Cubs (15-20) — 1. Ryan Theriot 2b, 2. Marlon Byrd cf, 3. Derrek Lee 1b, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 5. Geovany Soto c, 6. Alfonso Soriano lf, 7. Xavier Nady rf, 5. 8. Starlin Castro ss, 9. Ryan Dempster (2-3, 3.44) rhp