Monday, June 11, 2012

McCutchen powers Bucs to sweep, first-place tie

Further signs of the impending apocalypse - The Pirates are in first place (well tied for first anyway)

A.J. Burnett continued his remarkable pitching renaissance. The lineup at his back continued its abuse of visiting left-handers. As the sum of those parts, the Pirates continued on a roll, steadily gaining both momentum and confidence.

In the latest dose, Pittsburgh completed a sweep of Kansas City with a 3-2 win on Sunday in front of 25,752 in PNC Park. Pending the outcome of Cincinnati's Sunday night game against Detroit, the Pirates will hit the road to Baltimore either tied for the NL Central lead or still one game behind the Reds.

Andrew McCutchen drove in all three runs against Royals lefty Bruce Chen as the Bucs improved to 8-1 against southpaws at home. Overall, the win was the Pirates' fourth straight. It is their second four-game winning streak within a 12-3 run since May 25, the club's best 15-game stretch in nearly a decade.

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