Cardinals crush Pirates

St. Louis comes to Pittsburgh and ruins the Pirates holiday. The Cardinals crush the Pirates 12-6 in the first game of a 3 game series at PNC Park.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright didn’t pitch his best game, but his bat helped him earn the win. Despite allowing 4 runs in only 5 innings on the mound, Wainwright went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, including smacking an RBI double in the second.

Matt Adams and WVU product Jedd Gyorko hit home runs for St. Louis. Andrew McCutchen and Adam Frazier homered for Pittsburgh.

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer commented on his team’s recent struggles.

“We’re trying to figure ourselves out and get out of this and get back to playing baseball the way we want to play,” Mercer said. “We just have to keep going.”

The Pirates are now 1 game below .500 at 67-68, 4.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final National League Wild Card playoff spot, and a daunting 21 games back of the Cubs in the National League division race.

Game 2 of this series between Pittsburgh and St. Louis is tonight at 7:05 p.m. EST from PNC Park. Ryan Vogelsong (3-4, 3.56 ERA) takes the hill for the Pirates and Luke Weaver (1-2, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Cardinals.

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