After four innings of their game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were done and dusted. They were down 7-0 and on the road, a spot many a team would have simply called it a day from. But that wasn’t the way things went down on this night, as the Cardinals answered back with a ridiculous ten-run inning in the sixth to help them on the way to a 12-11 win. The hero of the sixth inning, among others, was Jose Martinez. Not only did he have a Grand Slam homer but he also singled and had scored a run previously to that. In the seventh, they extended their lead through Paul DeJong hit his second home run of the game. A late, valiant comeback from the rocked Reds would ensue, but in the bottom of the ninth they were thwarted with runners right at the doorstep. Ryan Lavarnway showed out for the Reds, smacking two homers of his own, in the fourth and eighth, and also driving in a run via a deep double. Cincinnati are now nine games back of the Cubs in the NL Central, while the Cardinals are in second and 2.5 games behind their rivals.
Two of the golf’s biggest names will not be playing the weekend at the Open Championship after Tiger Woods and hometown hero Rory McIlroy missed the cut on Friday. Tiger did so without much of a whimper, while the Northern Irishman made a stirring comeback only to be denied by one stroke of making it into the third and fourth rounds at Royal Portrush. While those two stories were the ones most would talk about, it was JB Holmes and Shane Lowry that continued to prosper, remaining in the lead. Jordan Spieth has also made his move, so the final two rounds are shaping up quite nicely.
LAFC came into Friday night’s first LA derby of the season- dubbed ‘El Trafico’- having never beaten the LA Galaxy before. They got off to the ideal start, however, as Carlos Vela scored a penalty kick after just four minutes to give them a 1-0 lead. It was his 20th goal of the MLS season, making him the fastest man to ever reach that lofty number. But, as is typically the case, the man known as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had something to say. Less than four minutes later, he had scored one of his trademark outlandish goals. He would then grab two more in the second half, in the span of 14 minutes, to complete his hat trick and hand the Galaxy a 3-1 lead. Vela scored a second deep into stoppage time as LAFC, who have now only lost three times in 21 matches, fell to a defeat. With the victory, the Galaxy rose to second place in the Western Conference, though they are still nine points off their rivals’ pace.