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Cutch's new look powers Arrieta to 100th W

@ToddZolecki
April 12, 2019

MIAMI -- A haircut and a changeup meant everything to the Phillies on Friday night at Marlins Park. Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen sported a fresh cut when he arrived at the ballpark in the afternoon. It had him feeling especially good about himself, which he turned into a big

MIAMI -- A haircut and a changeup meant everything to the Phillies on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen sported a fresh cut when he arrived at the ballpark in the afternoon. It had him feeling especially good about himself, which he turned into a big game at the plate and on the basepaths. Meanwhile, right-hander Jake Arrieta stepped on the mound with a plan to throw his changeup a lot. The pitch’s effectiveness had him celebrating his 100th career win following a 9-1 victory over the Marlins.

“I had the look-good, feel-good part down," McCutchen said. "So I just needed to play good and I got that one out of the way, too."

McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and one walk. He sparked a rally in the third inning when he took an extra base on Jean Segura's single to left-center field. Instead of runners on first and second with one out, the Phillies had runners at the corners for Bryce Harper, who singled to right-center field to score McCutchen and hand the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

They strung together six consecutive hits in the inning to take a 5-0 lead.

“I assessed the situation prior, knowing [Curtis] Granderson would be going to his left,” McCutchen said of taking the extra base. “I know he can fire it and he’s accurate, but I was OK with taking the risk because I was trying to get to third for Bryce and I was able to get there. I trusted myself and my instincts and it was a good first to third.”

“He carried energy into the clubhouse today,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “There was something different about his vibe.”

Arrieta took care of the rest.

He is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts this season. He allowed five hits, one run and one walk and struck out eight in seven innings against the Marlins. He got a career-high six swings and misses on his changeup. He threw the pitch 20 times out of 108 pitches overall. He has thrown his changeup 50 times (17.4 percent) this season. He threw it just 10.6 percent of the time last year.

“When that pitch is locked in, it's going to be a lot of fun,” Arrieta said. “That’s why this game is so much fun. Even though I've been doing this for eight or nine years, I'm still learning. That's why I love it so much. Every day I come to the ballpark I'm trying to get better at something. I owe it to my teammates to do that and to myself and to the Phillies' organization to do everything in my power to be elite. I know I can still be elite. Tonight was a glimpse of that.”

Arrieta got a few souvenir baseballs, tickets and his jersey as keepsakes from his 100th career win. He had hoped to hit the century mark late last season, but he struggled at the finish. That's why he said he did not know how to feel about the milestone.

“Just a lot of ups and downs and figuring some things out, forgetting some things, re-learning them,” he said. “It's just, this game is very humbling. I'll never forget that. Accomplishing something like I did tonight just makes you appreciate everything you go through and how hard it is to get to a spot like this.”

Still, he seemed to be savoring the moment. Why wouldn’t he? The Phillies needed to win Friday following tough losses Tuesday and Wednesday against the Nationals. They needed to beat the Marlins because they are a team the Phillies are supposed to beat.

Philadelphia went 3-6 against the Marlins in Miami last season. The Phils need to flip that number this season -- and Friday was a good start. All eight starting position players collected at least one hit, including J.T. Realmuto, who had two hits and an RBI in his first game against his former team.

“I think that's why it kind of slipped away from us,” Arrieta said. “We have to keep our foot on the accelerator, understand what it takes to win games against teams like this who are rebuilding who might not have the experience level that we have and take advantage of that.”

Maybe everybody should just get haircuts when they come to town. McCutchen’s guy is named Pablo.

“Gotta bring Pablo on the road, man,” McCutchen said. “He keeps the freshy fresh cuts there, man. He keeps me nice. Like I said, I had the look-good, feel-good thing, so now I just got to play good -- and I was able to do that. I feel good about today.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook .