Around the NL Central: May 5 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Last night's action:

  • Stop me if you've heard this one before: the ninth inning adventures for the Cardinals continued yesterday, as Mike Stanton smashed a two-run moonshot off Eduardo Sanchez in the top of the ninth to snap a 6-6 tie. The Cards had rallied from a four-run deficit earlier in the game, and they managed to plate a run in the bottom of nine, but it wasn't enough: Fish defeat St. Louis, 8-7.
  • Things were going swimmingly for Houston yesterday in Cincinnati -- until Brandon Lyon came in and made sick all over the ninth inning.  Lyon was protecting a 2-0 lead, but things quickly got away from him: he walked the leadoff man, threw a wild pitch, gave up three consecutive singles which tied the game, and then surrendered a game-winning double to Jay Bruce.  Reds win, 3-2.
  • Pittsburgh rebounded from a tough loss the day before with a 7-4 win over the Padres in San Diego.  Kevin Correia was sharp in his return to San Diego, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits. The game was decided in the third inning, when the Bucs plated six runs thanks in part to a couple of errors by the Fathers: gaffs by Chase Headley and Nick Hundley set the stage for Ryan Doumit's backbreaking grand slam.
  • Chicago got another strong pitching performance from its previously-creaky starting rotation as Carlos Zambrano threw eight innings of five-hit ball, allowing a single run to the Dodgers.  The Cubs offense came via the long ball: Geovany Soto, Carlos Pena, and Marlon Byrd all homered as Chicago breezed to an easy 5-1 victory in Los Angeles.
Your updated standings for May 5:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 17 14 -- 6-4 L1
Reds 15 15 1.5 5-5 W1
Pirates 15 16 2.0 6-4 W1
Cubs 14 16 2.5 4-6 W2
Brewers 13 17 3.5 3-7 L5
Astros 12 18 4.5 5-5 L1

    On tap for today:

    • St. Louis wraps up its four-game series with Florida with a 12:45 p.m. CDT matinee affair.  St. Louis' Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6-53) matches up with Florida's magnificent right-hander Josh Johnson (3-0, 0.88).
    • The Reds and Astros make up their rain-out from earlier this week in an 11:35 a.m. CDT contest.  Homer Bailey (0-0, ---) makes his season debut for the Reds, while Brett Myers (1-1, 3.72) gets the start for the 'Stros.
    • Pittsburgh has the day off.
    • So do the Cubs.
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