Around the NL Central: May 20 Edition

News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • The Pirates claimed a two-game sweep of the Reds and knocked Cincinnati out of first place in one fell swoop, taking a 5-3 win yesterday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. Pittsburgh was the first team to get to Reds starter Johnny Cueto in 2011, scoring three in the fifth to chase Cueto from the game. Neil Walker doubled and drove in two runs and Ryan Doumit hit a solo homer, his fourth of the year.
  • St. Louis is back in first place thanks to a 4-2 win over Houston on Thursday afternoon. Kyle McClellan continued his impressive start to the year, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball and allowing two runs while striking out five. McClellan is now 6-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Allen Craig had three hits for the Redbirds, including a solo homer off J.A. Happ, and Gerald Laird doubled in a pair of runs.
  • The Cubs also finished off a two-game sweep with a 5-1 win over the Marlins in Florida. Casey Coleman hasn't been very good in 2011, and he wasn't very good last night -- four hits and five walks in just 5.2 innings -- but he worked out of trouble and his bullpen picked up the slack, giving up a single run over the final 3.1 innings of the game. Marlon Byrd had a two-run homer for Chicago (his third) and Starlin Castro doubled in two runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Your updated standings for May 20:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 26 19 -- 6-4 W4
Reds 25 19 0.5 7-3 L2
Brewers 21 23 4.5 7-3 L1
Pirates 20 23 5.0 4-6 W2
Cubs 19 23 5.5 4-6 W2
Astros 15 29 10.5 2-8 L5

 

On tap for today: it's INTERLEAGUE TIME:

  • St. Louis travels to Kansas City for a three-game series starting at 7:10 p.m. CDT tonight. Chris Carpenter (1-3, 4.95) starts for the Cards; he'll face lefty Jeff Francis (0-5, 4.83).
  • The Reds have an intrastate affair, heading to Cleveland for a three-game set against the Tribe. The Reds start Travis Wood (3-3, 5.01) in game one (starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT), and the Indians send Alex White to the bump (1-0, 3.75).
  • Pittsburgh is in Detroit to take on former skipper Jim Leyland's Tigers at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Brad Penny (4-3, 4.11) takes the ball for the Tigers, and the Pirates start righty Jeff Karstens (2-2, 3.62).
  • As you already know, the Cubs are in Boston. Game one starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT and features a match up of lefties: Chicago's Doug Davis (0-1, 1.80) faces Boston's Jon Lester (5-1, 3.28).
  • The Astros are in Canada for a three-game series against the Toronto Bautistas. First pitch at Rogers Centre is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. CDT, with Houston's Aneury Rodriguez (0-2, 6.26) facing Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.75).
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