The St. Louis Cardinals won another series over the weekend as they took two out of three from their chief rival the Cincinnati Reds.  The series began with a dominating win by the Cardinals on Friday night and another stellar outing from Adam Wainright.  Saturday night’s game was one of missed opportunities for the Cardinals in a very intense battle with rookie pitcher Tyler Lyons pitching reasonably well in a game that was probably more intense than anything the young pitcher has ever been a part of.  The final score of Sunday’s game is very misleading as the Cardinals and Reds were tied at 4 going into the 10th inning.  Reds manager Dusty Baker probably over managed a little bit in the earlier innings and got himself into a situation where he was forced to leave a pitcher in the game who obviously didn’t have his best stuff and by the time he left the game the Cardinals had already taken the lead and had the bases loaded.  This all led to Baker being forced to bring in a pitcher who had never thrown a pitch in the major leagues to face Matt Holiday with the bases loaded.  Holiday promptly hit a grand slam and what had a few minutes earlier been a tied game was suddenly a blowout victory for the Cardinals.  The Cardinals move on to New York to beging a three game series with the Mets tonight. 

Meanwhile the Kansas City Royals will take a five game winning streak into tonight’s game with the Detroit Tigers.  The Royals swept the Houston Astros over the weekend and in the process vaulted over two teams to land in third place in the Al Central.  The Royals still are not hitting well and have a starting lineup full of hitters with putrid averages but this five game winning streak is the longest in two years for the Royals.  The Royals have a chance to make up even more ground if they can continue their winning ways against the first place Tigers. 

Jimmie Johnson totally dominated yesterday’s NASCAR race in the Poconos as he started from the pole position and was only out of the lead for something like 35 laps on his way to a very impressive victory.  It was a very dominating performance by Johnson who had a terrible weekend at Dover the week before. 

The Miami Heat evened their series against the San Antonio Spurs with a come from behind victory in game 2 last night.  The Spurs let the game get away from them in the later stages as the Heat apparently decided losing the first two games at home was not in their best interest and would upset their friends at ESPN something terrible.  Game 3 isTuesday night in San Antonio. 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals will have a definite old school feel to them as two of the original NHL franchises  face off in the best of 7 series.  Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins secured their right to play for Lord Stanley’s cup over the weekend finishing off the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively. 

We’ll be back on Wednesday with another blog looking at the Cardinals, Royals, and whatever else comes our way.  Thanks as always for checking out this blog and please do the same for all the other blogs on this site.  Remember, your comments are always welcome and very much appreciated.

Have a great Monday!