The St. Louis Cardinals took two out of three games from the San Diego Padres over the weekend in St. Louis.  The series began on Friday night with the Cardinals building up a 9 to 2 lead before the bullpen took over and almost lost it in the ninth inning.  Jake Westbrook had one of his best outings of the season as he not only pitched well but was a force at the plate as well.  Hopefully Friday night’s success starts a trend for Westbrook. 

Saturday’s game was not pretty and not an easy game to watch in my opinion.  In addition to it taking the Cardinals and Padres almost four hours to play nine innings neither team looked well defensively or offensively for that matter.  Lance Lynn had another bad outing and the Cardinals looked like they were listlessly plodding through. 

Sunday’s game was better played and although the Cardinals only put 3 runs on the board they held San Diego to 2 runs and Adam Wainright pitched another good game.  It certainly wasn’t his best outing of the season but he pitched well enough to win. 

Chris Carpenter had his second rehab start and reports indicated he is nowhere near ready to rejoin the big league club as he had very little command of any of his pitches and actually looked worse on Saturday night than he did in his first rehab start on Monday.  However, he was pitching against a better caliber of talent but he still has much work to do before he can entertain any thoughts of pitching in the major leagues again. 

While the Cardinals were taking two out of three from the Padres the Pittsburgh Pirates were losing two out of three to the Cincinnati Reds.  The Cardinals still maintain their two game lead over the Pirates as they have today off before beginning a three game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night in Busch Stadium. 

Over on the western side of the Show Me State the Kansas City Royals were taking two out of three games from the Detroit Tigers.  The Royals came out of the break showing some offense before having their bats pretty well silenced on Sunday.  The Royals are still seven and a half games behind the first place Tigers who now only have a one game lead over the Cleveland Indians.  The Baltimore Orioles are in Kansas City to begin a four game series tonight against the Royals. 

Phil Mickleson had an incredible final round to win his first British Open on Sunday.  This was Mickleson’s fifth major tour victory and made for an interesting final round as Mickleson came from several shots back going into Sunday’s final 18 holes.  Going into the final round it appeared that Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, and Adam Scott were the three most likely candidates to come away with the British Open title but none of them had a good final round and Woods looked especially awful as Mickleson surged past them.

British cyclist Chris Froome won the 100th Tour De France yesterday after having won most of the stages of the annual bicycle race that seems like it goes on for months but actually only lasts three weeks.  Hopefully Froome’s victory stands up to the extra scrutiny that is on the sport right now after that dope Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. 

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