PHILADELPHIA — Andrew McCutchen ran the first few feet, then casually turned his head to look into the Phillies’ dugout.
McCutchen had just hit a walk-off three-run home run to right field on Monday night in a 6-5 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. He pumped his fists and shouted as he rounded first base. He played rock-paper-scissors with third-base coach Dusty Wathan as he rounded third. (McCutchen’s scissors lost to Wathan’s rock.) He tossed his helmet into the air a little more than halfway home and hopped the final few feet before he landed on home plate. Teammates mobbed him.
McCutchen’s blast moved the Phillies to 50-49 and 3 1/2 games behind the Mets (53-45) in the National League East with less than 96 hours remaining before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.
It was an important hit in a critical week. Every win for the Phillies could push the front office a little closer to a more impactful trade, while a bad loss (or week) could persuade the organization to grip its prospects a little tighter.
So, yeah, this one felt good.
“This was my first walk-off with the Phillies, so it definitely felt good, especially in that moment,” McCutchen said. “I had an opportunity. Coming through was definitely gratifying for me.”
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