Around the NL Central: May 3 Edition

News from around the Central:

Last night's action:

  • Last night's game in St. Louis had all the makings of a barnburner in the early going, as St. Louis scored two runs in the first and three in the third while Florida plated four runs off Kyle Lohse (thanks to a Gaby Sanchez grand slam) in the top of 3 to make it a 5-4 affair after three innings.  Once again, though, the story came in the late innings, as the Fish broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the eighth following a Mike Stanton triple; Marlins win, 6-5.
  • Cincinnati and Houston were rained out.
  • Pittsburgh continued its (relative) hot streak with a 4-3 triumph over the Padres in San Diego.  All of Pittsburgh's offense came in the top of the first, courtesy of twin two-run homers off the bats of Garrett Jones (6) and Chris Snyder (1).  From there, James McDonald kept the Fathers at bay, going six innings and striking out five while giving up two runs.
  • Chicago couldn't figure out Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles: after scoring a run in the top of the first, the Cub bats went into the deep freeze as Kershaw pitched seven solid innings -- 8 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks, 4 strikeouts -- and L.A. used a three-run fifth to put away Chicago, 5-2.
Your updated standings for May 3:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 16 13 -- 6-4 L2
Reds 14 14 1.5 5-5 L1
Pirates 14 15 2.0 6-4 W2
Brewers 13 15 2.5 4-6 L3
Cubs 12 16 3.5 3-7 L2
Astros 11 17 4.5 4-6 W2

    On tap for tonight:

  • St. Louis continues its four-game series with Florida with a 7:15 p.m. CDT contest.  Starting for the Cards: Kyle McClellan (4-0, 3.23).  Opposing him for the Marlins: Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 3.86).
  • The Reds and Astros will try to dodge the rain with a scheduled 6:10 p.m. CDT start.  On the bump for the Reds is Mike Leake (3-0, 4.40), and he'll face Houston's J.A. Happ (1-4, 6.35).
  • The Pirates look to keep the good times rollin' in a 9:05 p.m. CDT game in San Diego.  The Pirates send The Jeff Kartens Project (2-1, 3.57) to the bump to match up with San Diego's Mat Latos (0-4, 4.98).
  • The struggling Cubbies try to right the ship against the Dodgers.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. CDT, with the scuffling Ryan Dempster (1-3, 9.58) facing L.A.'s Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.46).

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