As they promised they would, the St. Louis Cardinals announced on Friday plans for their first ever Pride Night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals had been embattled in a little bit of controversy recently because they picked Lance Berkman to be their speaker at Christianity Day and Berkman’s views on the LGBTQ community aren’t exactly sympathetic. Feeling some pressure there, the Cardinals promised they’d create a Pride Night too, eventually.
Hours before Paul DeJong's solo homer in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals the lead over the Pirates on Friday – a lead the team would ultimately squander – the man DeJong is replacing gave the team good news. Kolten Wong’s right arm is feeling better. Wong, who was placed on the disabled list for the second time in a month on June 15 due to a right triceps strain, hopes to start a minor league rehab assignment by next weekend and rejoin the Cardinals before the All-Star break. The Cardinals will welcome a healthy Wong. But his most recent return meant the end of DeJong's stay in the lineup. Wong is the only hitter on the team batting over .300 – albeit in fewer at bats than most of his
Pittsburgh Pirates super-utilityman John Jaso usually has one chance to make an impression in a game. On Friday night, he made the most of a rare second chance. Josh Bell and Jaso homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke their Busch Stadium hex with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in right-center to break a 3-3 tie in the ninth as the Pirates broke a seven-game losing streak in St. Louis. The eventual game-winning homer came one pitch after Jaso checked his swing on a possible strike three, but third base umpire Alan Porter ruled Jaso's bat did not break the plane