Lastings Milledge is at it again. After driving in two key runs last night, the former National roped a two-run double to left in the bottom of the third, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Milledge did have one not-so-great moment in the field, leading to the Nats’ first run of the night. With two on and one out in the first, Adam Dunn lofted a high fly ball down the left-field line. Milledge was shaded way over toward center (because really, how often does Dunn hit a ball down the left-field line?) and had to run a long way to try to track it down. The ball wound up glancing off his glove, and Milledge slammed into the wall as Cristian Guzman scored and Dunn coasted into second with a double.
Moments later, Elijah Dukes came up for his first at-bat since his return to the big leagues, this time with the bases loaded. Dukes struck the ball well to center field, but Andrew McCutchen caught it easily for a sacrifice fly. Dukes came up again in the third with two on and one out and grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Speaking of McCutchen … wow, this guy looks like he’s going to be something special. The Pirates’ rookie center fielder led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer off the top of the left-field wall. Two innings later, he dropped a bunt that couldn’t have traveled more than 20 feet in front of the plate. Josh Bard picked it up, but he didn’t even think about throwing to first because McCutchen was so fast getting down the line.
Remember this guy’s name.