Around the NL Central: August 25 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Someone named Aaron Thompson teamed up with a few of his Pittsburgh buddies to blank Milwaukee, 2-0. Here's our recap, if you're so inclined.
  • For the second day in a row, a St. Louis starter got rocked by the Dodgers; this time, it was Jaime Garcia's turn to take a paddlin', as the left-hander gave up six third-inning runs and L.A. blew the Cards' doors off, 9-4, to sweep the three-game series. Matt Kemp had a 2-RBI single in the third, Juan Rivera doubled Kemp home, Casey Blake plated Rivera with a single, James Loney drove home Blake with a double, and A.J. Ellis capped the scoring with a single to score Loney. Ellis added a solo homer (his first) in the fifth, and Rivera added a two-run shot in the sixth as the Dodgers didn't miss a beat after Tuesday night's 13-2 beatdown of the Cards.
  • Cincinnati split its doubleheader with Florida, dropping the opener 6-5 but winning the nightcap 3-2. The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning of game one (Omar Infante single, Greg Dobbs' 2-RBI double) to snap a 3-3 tie and then survived a two-run homer from Todd Frazier in the ninth to secure the victory in the opener. In game two, the Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after three innings (thanks to Joey Votto's RBI single in the first, Jay Bruce's run-scoring double, and Votto's solo homer in the third) and hung on from there: Bronson Arroyo threw eight outstanding innings (six hits, no walks, no runs) and, despite some fireworks from CoCo Cordero in the ninth (Dobbs doubled home a run and Gaby Sanchez drove Doggs home with a single), the Reds snagged the win.
  • Chicago eeked out a 3-2 win over the Braves at Wrigley Field on the strength of Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer in the second inning and Randy Wells' RBI groundout in the same frame. Wells held Atlanta in check for 6.2 innings, limiting the Braves to two hits and two walks and just one earned run, and the Cub 'pen made the advantage stand up (though Kerry Wood surrendered a solo homer to Alex Gonzalez to allow the Braves to draw within a run). Carlos Marmol notched his 30th save with a scoreless ninth.
  • Houston once again staged rally after rally to keep pace with the Rockies, but the Astros couldn't push across any more runs after the fifth inning and wound up dropping the game, 7-6, in ten innings when Aneury Rodriguez uncorked a wild pitch to score Troy Tulowitzki with the winning run. Wandy Rodriguez put his team in a hole early: after the 'Stros scored two in the top of the first, W. Rodriguez surrendered an RBI triple to Dexter Fowler, an RBI single to Carlos Gonzalez, and a two-run tater to Tulowitzki. The Astros got back in the game thanks to a solo homer from Clint Barmes and Wandy's RBI single in the second inning.

Your updated standings for August 25:


W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
Brewers
78 54 -- 7-3 L1 --
Cardinals 67 63 10.0 3-7 L3
22
Reds 64 66 13.0
5-5 W1 19
Pirates 61
68 15.5 5-5 W1
17
Cubs 57 73 20.0 5-5 W1 12
Astros 42 88 35.0 4-6 L4 Done

 

The Wild Card race looks like this right now:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Braves
78 53 -- 8-2 L1
Brewers*
78 54 0.5 8-2 L1
Giants 69 61 8.5 4-6 L1
Cardinals 67 63 10.5
3-7 L3
Reds 64
66 13.5 5-5 W1

 

And here are the playoff participants, if the season ended today:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Phillies (East) 83 45 -- 6-4 L1
Brewers (Central)
78 54 -- 7-3 L1
D-backs (West)
71 59 -- 4-6 W2
Braves (Wild Card)
78 53 --
8-2 L1

 

On tap for today:

  • The Cardinals welcome the Pirates to town for a four-game series that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. CDT. In game one, Edwin Jackson (9-9, 4.03) takes on Charlie Morton (9-6, 3.42).
  • The Cubs and Braves wrap up their series at 1:20 p.m. CDT, when Matt Garza (6-9, 3.62) faces Brandon Beachy (6-2, 3.32).
  • Houston continues its travels out west with a series in San Francisco that begins at 9:15 p.m. CDT tonight. Henry Sosa (0-2, 6.35) gets to take his lumps against Ryan Vogelsong (10-3, 2.47) in the opener.
  • Milwaukee and Cincinnati have the day off.
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