Around the NL Central: June 28 Edition

News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Cincinnati ended Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak with a 5-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Brandon Phillips was four-for-five with a double and two runs batted in, and former Ray Jonny Gomes crushed a solo shot in the fourth inning off Jeremy Hellickson. That was all the support right-hander Mike Leake needed; Leake threw six strong innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out three, and Sam LeCure and Nick Masset held the Rays down from there.
  • Chicago took advantage of some favorable weather conditions at Wrigley Field, as Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homered twice en route to a 7-3 win over the Rockies. Colorado claimed an early 1-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Cubs took the lead away with Ramirez's first homer, a two-run shot off of Jhoulys Chacin, and never looked back, plating two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to secure the victory. Matt Garza worked 7.1 innings, giving up five hits and three runs while striking out six.
  • Everybody else -- Milwaukee, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Houston -- had the day off.

Your updated standings for June 28:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Brewers 44 35 -- 5-5 W3
Cardinals 41 38 3.0 3-7 L3
Reds 41 39 3.5 4-6 W1
Pirates 39 38 4.0 5-5 L1
Cubs 32 46 11.5 4-6 W1
Astros 28 51 16.0 3-7 L3

On tap for tonight:
  • The Crew is in New York to battle the hated Yankees, starting at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Game one features Zack Greinke (7-2, 4.77) facing NY's Freddy Garcia (6-6, 3.30).
  • St. Louis travels to Baltimore for a three-game series with the O's that kicks off at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Scheduled to start: for the Cards, Kyle Lohse (7-4, 2.91); for the Orioles, Zach Britton (6-5, 3.19).
  • The Pirates head north of the border for a three-game set with the Blue Jays that starts at 6:07 p.m. CDT (goofy Canadians) tonight. Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia (9-6, 3.65) faces JoJo Reyes (3-6, 4.34) in the opener.
  • The Reds continue their series in Tampa Bay at 6:10 p.m CDT tonight, as Johnny Cueto (5-2, 1.63) tangles with David Price (8-6, 3.51).
  • The Cubs host the Giants in a day-night twin bill. Game one goes at 1:20 p.m. CDT, with Doug Davis (1-6, 5.01) facing Ryan Vogelsong (5-1, 1.86). Game two begins at 7:05 p.m. CDT as Barry Zito (0-1, 6.23) takes on Rodrigo Lopez (0-1, 6.59).
  • Houston hosts the Rangers in Round Two of the Texas Death Match, which starts at 7:05 p.m. CDT. C.J. Wilson (7-3, 3.17) goes for the Rangers, while Jordan Lyles (0-2, 4.20) takes the ball for the Astros.
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