St. Louis Cardinals go offense heavy in 10-4 rout over Chicago Cubs


The St. Louis Cardinals were offense heavy in 10-4 rout over Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Apr 12, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

With Adam Wainwright starting for the Cardinals, there was nothing to worry about as the Cards hosted the Cubs for the second game of the series.

In seven innings, the Cards ace allowed four runs on seven hits, bringing his ERA to 2.57 as the second week of the season came to an end. He walked zero and struck out eight batters. The only huge mistake that Wainwright made was a lead-off home run from Cubs left fielder Junior Lake.

However, the Cards more than made up for this mistake as the team scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning starting with a home run from Matt Adams to lead off the inning. It was the first home run this season from Big City. Yadier Molina and Allen Craig followed with back-to-back singles. A single from Daniel Descalso would score Molina. Wainwright helped himself on a single that drove in Craig. Matt Carpenter would drive in the final run of the inning on a single that scored Descalso.

After the Cubs scored once more in the fourth inning, the Cards answered with another five runs in the bottom frame. Carpenter picked up his second RBI on the night as he drove in Descalso. Kolten Wong singled and drove in Wainwright. With Matt Holliday batting, Wong stole his third base of the season. Holliday would reach on a fielder’s choice that scored Carpenter.

The Cubs decided enough was enough and Chris Rusin was brought into relieve Carlos Villanueva.

While Molina was batting, Holliday stole second base. Before the inning ended, Jon Jay hit a two-run single with two outs, driving in both Wong and Holliday.

As the Cubs scored two more runs in the sixth inning, the Cardinals answered with another run when Holliday scored on a Molina ground-out.

The Cardinals have five stolen bases over the first two weeks of the season.

The Cards turn to Michael Wacha (1-0, 0.71 ERA) for the series finale as he faces Edwin Jackson (0-0, 6.30 ERA) in the afternoon matchup. This game will air nationally on WGN.