With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch.
The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back to within two games of the final National League wild card spot. The third game of the series is Wednesday
Right-hander James McDonald bullied the Cardinals for seven innings, allowing only two hits and striking out six. Pedro Alvarez slugged two homers, including a 469-foot solo shot that’s the longest clout by a Pirate at PNC Park.
“That ball looked like it was going to hit the (Clemente) bridge,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “That’s a whole bunch of feet.”