Well, that sucked.
That's not how it happened.
Salvaging even a game against the Reds would have been nice. But, no. The Cardinals jumped back on their up and down roller coaster and took a dive. The sweep puts St. Louis 4.5 games back of the now division-leading Reds, and 3.5 games back of the wild card.
Games 1 & 3 saw the Cardinals jump to a lead. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on. A 3-run rally in the bottom of the 7th gave the Reds a 4-2 lead in Game 1. They tacked on a 5th run in the bottom of the 8th to seal the deal. Game 2 was a thriller, as the Cardinals tied the game at 2 in the 7th inning. The game prolonged into extra innings, until Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to spoil the Cards' comeback. In Game 3, St. Louis went up 1-0 in the 2nd, then let up 2 runs in the 3rd. Although they did get that run back in the 6th, a 2-run 8th inning gave the Reds the lead they held on to, completing the sweep.
The Cardinals have a three game series with the Brewers starting Monday in Milwaukee. They then come home for another three game series, this time with the rival Chicago Cubs, this weekend. Let's hope the Red Birds can close some games and pick up some much needed wins by the end of the week.