Ah, there is nothing quite like a little bit of breathing room.
The Cardinals are on a roll, making the most out of opportunities to pile up wins against weak teams while the Cubs got their posteriors handed to them by Colorado... And suddenly the lead is three games. Sweet.
I'm really impressed with the Cardinals all around. They are playing great defense, are getting plenty of offense and the pitching is starting to come around both in the form of Kyle Lohse having his best start since May and Blake Hawksworth showing hints that he may be he missing righty in the St. Louis bullpen.
While the 4-1 win showed enough offense, the Cardinals nearly scored a whole lot more. They had three balls hit off the outfield wall that were hit hard enough to be homers... they were just hit more on a line drive trajectory than towering fly balls. And that doesn't bother me a bit. Line drive doubles -- and triples -- are the sign of hitters who are hot.
Reds outfielder Willy Taveras can't make a play on Khalil Greenes' 6th inning double off the left centerfield wall. AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse gave up four hits and a run with no walks. He pitched six innings, and probably could have gone longer. But why push it with a guy who hasn't been streteched out in two months? Cardinals starters rank first in the National League with 49 wins and second in ERA at 3.64.
Lowlight: Todd Wellemeyer, set to return to the rotation today, has been scratched because of elbow problems. Mitchell Boggs will take the hill Tuesday trying to keep the Cardinals hot streak alive.