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July 31: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

Three double plays killed rallies in a game the Cardinals should have won. Instead, they lost ground to Milwaukee Sunday at the end of a terribly disappointing seven-game home stand agaisnt the Astros and Cubs.

Usually it's at least a somewhat positive thing to win four out of seven games against division rivals. But not when they're two of the worst teams in baseball that were in the midst of shedding several of their better players as trade deadline sellers.

Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook had a perfect game going into fifth inning. And then the wheels fell off. He allowed four runs before the smoke cleared and the Cardinals never recovered.

I'm still trying to figure out why, with runners on first and second and no one out in the bottom of the seventh, manager Tony La Russa didn't opt to bunt with Rafael Furcal at the plate. He pinch hit for Skip Schumaker with Ryan Theriot, a pop gun hitter who was the most unlikely guy on the bench to hit a deep fly ball. Predictably, Theroit grounded into a double play. If the runners were bunted to second and third, Theriot's grounder would have at least tied the game...

Cardinals Star of the Game: Lance Berkman accounted for all the St. Louis runs with a three-run homer.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Berkman's homer.

Lowlight: Matt Holliday was terrible. His swing is all out of sorts as he's swinging at balls in the dirt and taking pitches down the middle. He was 0-for-4 with several opportunities to help push runs across the plate.

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