OOTP: Andrew McCutchen Returns to PNC Park as Pirates Host the Phillies

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

The Pirates return home to PNC Park tonight, taking on Andrew McCutchen and the Phillies.

Prior to the game, Clay Holmes was activated from his rehab assignment and James Marvel was optioned to Triple-A.


1st Inning

Musgrove got Jean Segura to pop out to second to start the game. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer on a line drive down the left field line to give the Phillies the lead. Realmuto flew out to center and Harper struck out swinging.

Dyson walked on four pitches. Adam Frazier doubled to left-center, with Dyson stopping at third. Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Dyson to tie the game. Gregory Polanco flew out to right. Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer to left. Kevin Newman popped out in the infield.

Pirates 3, Phillies 1

2nd Inning

Musgrove walked Hoskins. He struck out Gregorious. Chase Headley reached on a slow rolling infield single. Herrera grounds into a 6-4-3 double play.

Colin Moran leads off the second with a double to left. Velasquez struck out Maile and Musgrove, and got Dyson to ground out to short.

Pirates 3, Phillies 1

3rd Inning

Musgrove gets Velasquez to ground out to short. Segura pops out to second. McCutchen grounds to third, but a wide throw to first by Moran allows him to reach safely. J.T. Realmuto hits a two-run homer to tie the game. Harper strikes out on an inside slider.

Frazier strikes out to start the bottom half of the inning. Josh Bell flies out to center. Polanco grounds out to second.

Pirates 3, Phillies 3

4th Inning

Hoskins leads off with a double. Gregorious singles up the middle, and Hoskins stops at third. Headley grounds into a 4-6-3 double play, with Hoskins scoring the go-ahead run on the play. Herrera flies out to center.

Velasquez retires Reynolds and Newman with grounders. Moran singles on a line drive to left. Maile grounds out to short.

Phillies 4, Pirates 3

5th Inning

Musgrove had a quick fifth inning, with two ground outs, and a strikeout against Segura.

Guillermo Heredia entered as a pinch hitter for Musgrove and struck out. Dyson lines out to second. Frazier lines out to right.

Phillies 4, Pirates 3

6th Inning

Kyle Crick comes on for the Pirates. Realmuto flew out to center. Harper reached on an infield single. Hoskins struck out. Richard Rodriguez came on and got Gregorious to fly out to right.

Josh Bell singles through the right side of the infield, beating the shift. Harper overran the ball, allowing Bell to take second. Polanco flew out to center. Reynolds struck out. Newman flew out to right.

Phillies 4, Pirates 3

7th Inning

Headley grounded out to second. Herrera tripled to the wall in right-center. Jay Bruce enters as a pinch hitter and is intentionally walked. Rodriguez gets Segura to ground to second, with Frazier going to second for the out. Newman didn’t have a play at first, and Herrera scored. McCutchen singled to left and Segura moved to third. Realmuto flew out to center field.

Right-handed pitcher Victor Arano comes on for the Phillies. Moran popped out. Maile singled through the left side of the infield. Kevin Kramer enters as a pinch hitter and pops out in the infield. Dyson reaches on an infield single on a slow roller to the left of the mound. Frazier grounds out to third.

Phillies 5, Pirates 3

8th Inning

Keone Kela enters the game for the Pirates. He strikes out Harper. Hoskins doubles to the wall in left field. Gregorious is intentionally walked. Headley draws a walk to load the bases. Michael Feliz comes in to pitch. He gets a grounder to third, and Moran gets the out at home. Neil Walker enters as a pinch hitter and draws a four pitch walk to bring in a run. Segura flies out to center.

Seranthony Dominguez, who I am force trading for after this game, enters for the Phillies. Bell starts off with a walk. Polanco flies out to right. Reynolds strikes out. Newman is hit with a pitch. Moran flies out to right.

Phillies 6, Pirates 3

9th Inning

McCutchen leads off the ninth with a single. Realmuto grounds into a 1-4 fielder’s choice. Harper strikes out looking. Hoskins strikes out looking.

Hector Neris comes in to close out the three run lead for the Phillies. Maile flies out to center. Ke’Bryan Hayes enters as a pinch hitter and flies out to right. Dyson flies out to center to end the game.






Probable Starters

Saturday, 7:05 PM EST: Nick Pivetta (2-3, 5.30) vs Mitch Keller (3-3, 4.17)

Sunday, 1:35 PM: Jake Arrieta (1-3, 7.64) vs Chris Stratton (2-2, 3.00)

Monday, 7:05 PM EST: Adam Wainwright (3-2, 4.93) vs Chris Archer (4-1, 2.40)

Tuesday, 7:05 PM EST: Miles Mikolas (0-0, 4.58) vs Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.19)

Wednesday, 12:35 PM EST: Jack Flaherty (3-3, 4.15) vs Joe Musgrove (1-4, 3.33)