Grichuk homers in return, helps Cardinals top Pirates 8-4


"We weren't able to execute the fastball for the most part or the slider". Jedd Gyorko's ground rule double scored Yadier Molina to tie the game at 4-4.

Leake bounced back with six sharp innings Tuesday, yielding one run and three hits to the Phillies. Cardinals starter Mike Leake also got a no-decision after going six innings and giving up six hits and four runs, three of them earned.

Grichuk's 478-foot homer was the longest by a Cardinals player in the new Busch Stadium and the second-longest in stadium history.

"We had a short sample with Bowman and a little bit more with Rosenthal", Matheny said of the move. "He smoked that ball". He struck out six and walked one. St. Louis-area native Luke Voit, one of three call-ups from Memphis, made his major league debut as a pinch hitter.

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Dexter Fowler (right-heel spur) and left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) on the disabled list.

With most of the audience of 43,719 chanting his first name, Voit ran the count full and then was drilled by a 96 miles per hour fastball in the back.

The Cardinals recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk and right-hander Mike Mayers from Memphis and purchased the contract of first baseman Luke Voit from Memphis. "I had so much adrenaline running through me". "Honestly, I was smiling going down to first base".

Voit is from the same high school - Lafayette - as former National League MVP Ryan Howard and former World Series MVP David Freese.

Will tonight's Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN between the Pirates and Cardinals be low-scoring?

"I don't think I've ever seen an initial ovation for a first at-bat like that", Matheny said. The Birds will host the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 3:15 PM. He'll look to further improve upon his troublesome 5.46 ERA and 1.55 WHIP when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday.