St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Diego Padres, 5-2

SAN DIEGO - Four days after reaching agreement with a released pitcher, the Cardinals sent him to the mound Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

In place of that released pitcher they witnessed a flashback to the real John Smoltz.

Smoltz offered the Cardinals five dazzling innings in a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Afterward, manager Tony La Russa said he expected it. Closer Ryan Franklin said he expected it.

It was left to Smoltz to admit t...