Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen Gets 2,000th Hit in 2-1 Victory Over the Mets

Andrew McCutchen cements himself into baseball history with his 2,000th hit.
Andrew McCutchen cements himself into baseball history with his 2,000th hit. / Justin Berl/GettyImages

Sunday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates captured a series victory over the New York Mets with a 2-1 victory, highlighted by Andrew McCutchen's 2,000th career hit

The Pittsburgh Pirates used seven strong innings from Mitch Keller to win the rubber match of their three-game series against the New York Mets 2-1. 

Keller went 7 innings tossing seven strikeouts and only allowed two hits and one run. Keller bounced back well after giving up five earned runs his last time out against the Oakland Athletics. 

History was made early on in this game as Andrew McCutchen led off the first inning, lacing a single into left field to record his 2,000th career hit. Ironically enough, McCutchen's first career hit also came against the New York Mets. 

The Mets struck first in this one off a leadoff homerun in the fourth inning to make it 1-0. 

The Pirates got off the deck and struck right back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff home run of their own coming off the bat of Jack Suwinski, his 13th of the season. 

The Pirates were not done there.

A double by Ji Hwan Bae followed by a single to right field by Tucupita Marcano gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead, a lead that would stick for the rest of the game.

Ke'bryan Hayes was a key contributor for the Pirates today.

In the fourth inning Hayes charged a softly hit ground ball and made the backhanded play to record the out. 

In the sixth inning a grounder hit to the shortstop side was fielded by Hayes who showcased outstanding range to record the out. 

Hayes continues to make his case for a Gold Glove. 

Hayes also added a single in the bottom of the sixth inning as he continues his June hot streak.

Bryan Reynolds went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. 

Despite allowing a double in the ninth inning, David Bednar stayed composed and recorded his 14th save of the season; his ERA now sits at 1.78. 

Next up

Following a day off on Monday, the Pirates will return to action on Tuesday night. The Bucs will send Luis Ortiz (4.23 ERA, 6.09 FIP) to the mound as they start a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

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