Home Run Derby 2012: Andrew McCutchen Hits 4 Homers In 1st Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen finished the first round of the 2012 Home Run Derby with four dingers. The reigning National League Player of the Week started slow, with three shots coming up just short on the warning track. He also seemed to struggle to get elevation under the ball, pulling several rips to left field on line drives. Down to his final out, McCutchen added two more with the gold ball to stay alive and tie the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez with four homers.

McCutchen's high school coach Jon Spradlin delivered the pitches. The Pirates' slugger was the sixth batter to hit, with Toronto's Jose Bautista setting the pace with 11 bombs. As for his NL teammates, Carlos Beltran crushed seven homers along with Colorado's Gonzalez who also hit four out at Kauffman.

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