The Bottom Line: The Cardinals offense exploded tonight, hitting 3 home runs and scoring 8. The Cardinals knocked Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake out after only 5 innings. Leake gave up 6 runs, 5 earned. While much of the run production came in the second and third innings with a 3-run homer and a 2-run homer from Tony Cruz and Kolten Wong respectively, the largest blast of the night was a 484 ft. bomb from pinch-hitter Randy Grichuk (the longest home run at Busch Stadium this season).
Postseason Push: The Cardinals are currently 3.0 games ahead of the Pirates who are currently playing the Brewers with a score of 1-0 Milwaukee in the top of the ninth. *Update* The Pirates 5 game win streak was snapped as the lost to the Brewers 1-0. They are now 3.5 games behind the Cardinals.