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Game 19, Cubs vs. Cardinals, April 26

Two outta three ain't bad. But when you win the first two games of a series, especially against a division rival, it is disappointing not to get the sweep.

And it also stung that the Cardinals -- specifically Todd Wellemeyer -- got roundly thumped on Sunday. They were never really in the game and it just wasn't very much fun to watch.

It's completely counterbalancing the fact that Joel Pineiro has been pitching better than expected when Wellemeyer has gone out there and stunk it up his last couple of games. After a bloop hit to start the game, he seemed to get shook up. And it was a miracle the Cubs only scored three in the first inning. I wonder if his elbow is bothering him because Wellemeyer didn't seem to have the movement on his breaking pitches and the speed on his fastball that he usually does...

Cardinals Star of the Game: Yadier Molina had two hits in four at bats and a homer to boot.

Lowlight: The bullpen was terrible, giving up six hits and four runs in four innings. The Cardinals threatened to get back into the game with Brendan Ryan on second and nobody out late. But they couldn't knock him around the bases with their bats and the pen men quickly turned a 7-3 deficit into 10-3, effectively ending hopes for a comeback.