Trailing 2-0 in a must-win to keep their division hopes alive, Charlie Morton was pulled with no outs in the third inning after loading the bases.
Jayson Heyward then delivered the knockout punch for the Cardinals with a grand slam off Bobby LaFromboise.
St. Louis is up big 6-0 in the third inning.
Morton’s official line: 2 IP, 4 Hits, 5 Earned Runs, 1 K, 1 BB
Gerrit Cole earned his 19th win of the season and Francisco Cervelli hit a grand slam, leading the Pirates to an 8-2 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Pittsburgh trails the Cardinals by three games with four to go.
Out: Ben Roethlisberger (knee), Ryan Shazier (shoulder), Matt Spaeth (hand), DT Daniel McCullers (knee)
Questionable: Cortez Allen (knee)
Probable: James Harrison (Thumb), Cody Wallace (illness)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have released Tom Sestito from his professional tryout contract, the team announced.
With the bases loaded and one out, Francisco Cervelli hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, blasting a Michael Wacha changeup into the left field stands as the Pirates have taken a commanding 6-1 lead after four innings. It was Cervelli’s 2nd career grand slam.
David Perron who has spent all camp on the third line at right wing, will get a look tonight on left wing with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.
Lines vs Red Wings
Perron – Crosby – Kessel
Dupuis – Bonino – Bennett
Wilson – Sundqvist – Sprong
Sheary – Porter – Rust
The game will be streamed live on pittsburghpenguins.com
1. Polanco, RF
2. Marte, LF
3. McCutchen, CF
4. Ramirez, 3B
5. Walker, 2B
6. Alvarez, 3B
7. Cervelli, C
8. Mercer, SS
9. Cole, P
The Penguins received some criticism tonight from Bob Costas on the NBCSN telecast and many others for not playing Sidney Crosby in Johnstown, a game Crosby wanted to play in. Mike Johnston took the blame.
“It’s 100 percent my call,” Johnston told reporters afterwards. “When making up those lineups in no way does a player ever say, I would like to play this game or that game. But, I know Sid asked about Quebec and he asked about Johnstown originally, and I told him he wasn’t playing and that he would play the home game against Detroit. I know from his reaction that he was disappointed.”
“[Adam] Clendening has been one of the defensemen that has jumped ahead of a lot of other defensemen. He has been a defenseman who has caught our attention in every game he’s played in. He’s played with poise, he’s moved the puck. He’s interesting right now. There’s going to be a lot of discussion over the next couple days.” — Penguins head coach Mike Johnston on defenseman Adam Clendening.