By Zach Mitcham
When the St. Louis Cardinals looked for a good arm last week to help them in this year’s pennant chase, they looked to Madison County’s Jake Westbrook.
The Cardinals, who trailed Cincinnati by half a game as of Tuesday, acquired Westbrook from the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade that included the San Diego Padres last week.
On Monday, the former Madison County High School standout fared well in his first outing in Cardinal red and white, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven. Though St. Louis dropped Monday’s game to the Houston Astros, Westbrook left the game with the Cardinals leading 4-2.