"It was a lot of fun, everything I always expected it would be," McCutchen, 26, said. "I definitely had some nerves in that game, though. I'm looking forward to the second time around because I think it will be more like a normal game for me. It took me a while to really settle down last time. I'll still have the adrenaline pumping but it should be different, more relaxed."
McCutchen gave up a home run to Reds rookie center fielder Drew Stubbs on the second pitch of his career. However, he settled down and turned in a quality start.
"The first three innings were a little shaky," McCutchen said. "I really settled in at the start of the fourth inning and felt like I basically pitched the way I had all season at Indianapolis over those last three innings. I want to carry that over to this start."
McCutchen had a fine season with Indianapolis, going 13-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 starts.
The Pirates originally planned to have McCutchen pitch for the United States in the World Cup that begins Wednesday in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. However, they had a change of plans and decided to take a look at him at the major-league level.
"I was excited about the World Cup but the big leagues are where you want to be," McCutchen said. "I'm glad it's working out this way. It's a great opportunity for me."
Pirates manager John Russell is looking forward to seeing McCutchen pitch again.
"I thought he threw the ball well his first time out," Russell said. "He was fun to watch. He did a really good job."
PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 5: The Pirates held off ignominy for one day longer by toppling the Cardinals with a ninth-inning comeback. Trailing 5-4, Jason Jaramillo singled off of Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin but was out on Andy LaRoche's poor bunt attempt. LaRoche made it to first on the fielder's choice, however, and moved to second on Andrew McCutchen's single and then scored on Ryan Doumit's single immediately afterward to tie the game. Rookie Franklin was pulled in favor of Trever Miller, but the first batter he faced, rookie Garrett Jones, singled to center field, scoring McCutchen to complete the comeback victory.Sign up for breaking news alerts from FOXSports.com!