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Around the NL Central: May 11 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • It looked like we might be in for a barnburner last night in Chicago after St. Louis plated a run and Cubs responded with two in the first inning. Things settled down from there, though, and the game was knotted at 4 going into the top of the eighth, until the Cards scored two runs thanks to a clutch, two-run single from rookie Daniel Descalso. Chris Carpenter picked up his first win of the season, working around thirteen hits and two walks in seven innings.
  • Cincinnati won its third consecutive game -- that's called a winning streak, FYI -- with a 7-3 triumph over Houston at Minute Maid Park. This one was over early, with the Reds scoring four in the top of the first and tacking on two more in the second on Astros righty Brett Myers, who saw his season ERA jump to 5.01 after the early barrage. Homer Bailey pitched seven shutout innings, and the final score was as close as it was due to some untimely wildness from Aroldis Chapman, who walked three batters without recording an out in the eighth.
  • Prosperity doesn't suit Pittsburgh: a day after climbing above .500, the Pirates came stumblin' down in a 10-3 whuppin' at the hands of the Dodgers. The teams traded scoreless frames for the first five innings of the game, but L.A. exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth and added another five in the top of the eighth. The decisive blow came off the bat of Matt Kemp, who socked a three-run, two-out homer off of Kevin Correia (5-3, 3.25) in the sixth to blow the game open.
Your updated standings for May 11:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 21 15 -- 6-4 W2
Reds 20 16 1.0 7-3 W3
Pirates 18 18 3.0 6-4 L1
Brewers 16 20 5.0 3-7 W2
Cubs 15 19 5.0 5-5 L2
Astros 13 23 8.0 4-6 L4


On tap for tonight:

  • The Cardinals and Cubs continue their series at Wrigley Field with another 7:05 p.m. CDT contest. This game features St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6.14) and Chicago righty Matt Garza (1-4, 4.43).
  • Houston and Cincinnati wrap up their series with a 1:05 p.m. CDT start at Minute Maid Park. The Reds send Edinson Volquez to the mound (3-1, 5.63) and the Astros counter with lefty Wandy Rodriguez (2-3, 4.00).
  • Pittsburgh and Los Angeles play game three of their four-game set at 6:05 p.m. CDT at PNC Park. Scheduled to start: for the Bucs, lefty Paul Maholm (1-4, 3.68); for the Dodgers, Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 3.69).