Around the NL Central: May 10 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • Cincinnati pulled within a game of first-place St. Louis with a 6-1 win in Houston. Left-hander Travis Wood won this one single-handedly, pitching 6.2 innings of six-hit ball while striking out six and clubbing a three-run homer off of Aneury Rodriguez in the third inning. Ramon Hernandez, filling in for first baseman Joey Votto, who got his first day off of the season, also homered for Cincinnati.
  • Break up the Pirates: for the first time in seven years, it's the middle of May and Pittsburgh is over .500, thanks to a gift-wrapped 4-1 victory over the Dodgers last night. The game was knotted at 1 going into the bottom of the eighth, though it probably shouldn't have been: with men on first and third and nobody out in the top of the eighth, Juan Uribe roped a shot to left fielder Jose Tabata. Tabata clearly trapped the ball, but third base umpire Mike DiMuro blew the call and ruled Tabata had caught the ball cleanly, and Matt Kemp was doubled off first base as a result. Call blown, rally snuffed, and then game lost when Neil Walker doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.
  • Chicago and St. Louis were idle.
Your updated standings for May 10:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 20 15 -- 6-4 W1
Reds 19 16 1.0 6-4 W2
Pirates 18 17 2.0 7-3 W3
Cubs 15 18 4.0 5-5 L1
Brewers 15 20 5.0 2-8 W1
Astros 13 22 7.0 4-6 L3


On tap for tonight:

  • The Cardinals and Cubs begin a three-game set at Wrigley Field with a 7:05 p.m. CDT contest. St. Louis' Chris Carpenter (0-2, 4.19) is still looking for his first win, and standing in his way is Chicago's Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.23).
  • Houston and Cincinnati continue their series at 7:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Homer Bailey (1-0, 1.50) is scheduled to make his second start of the season for the Reds, and he'll face Astros right-hander Brett Myers (1-2, 4.47).
  • Pittsburgh hosts Los Angeles in a 6:05 p.m. CDT game at PNC Park. The Pirates send Kevin Correia (5-2, 2.91) to the bump, and the Dodgers counter with lefty Ted Lilly (2-3, 4.93).
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