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Around the NL Central: May 6 Edition

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News from around the Central:

 Last night's action:

  • It was another late-inning adventure in St. Louis, but this time the Redbirds came out on the winning end of the equation: down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Cardinals erupted for four runs, with the big blow coming from the suddenly (and surprisingly) rejuvenated Lance Berkman, who cracked a three-run homer off Marlins' reliever Mike Dunn.  Berkman has now hit 10 homers and driven in 32 runs on the season.
  • Cincinnati's Homer Bailey was impressive in his 2011 debut, pitching six effective innings as the Reds romped over Houston, 10-4 (roger dodger).  Cincinnati got to Astros' starter Brett Myers early and often, plating a run in the second, two in the fourth, another in the fifth, and two more in the sixth as Myers gave up nine hits and three walks in just 5.2 innings.
  • Pittsburgh and Chicago had the day off.
Your updated standings for May 6:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 18 14 -- 6-4 W1
Reds 16 15 1.5 5-5 W2
Pirates 15 16 2.0 6-4 W1
Cubs 14 16 3.0 4-6 W2
Brewers 13 18 4.5 2-8 L6
Astros 12 19 5.5 4-6 L2

 

On tap for today, it's CENTRALPALOOZA, as all six NL Central teams play their division bedfellows:

  • St. Louis and Milwaukee renew hostilities for the first time in 2011 with a three-game series at Busch Stadium. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with the Cards' Jaime Garcia (3-0, 2.48) facing Randy Wolf (3-2, 2.39) for the Crew.
  • The Reds and Cubs begin a three-game series in Chicago at 1:20 p.m. CDT this afternoon.  Cincinnati sends Edinson Volquez (2-1, 5.67) to the bump to match up with Chicago's Matt Garza (1-3, 3.96).
  • Houston continues its Central swing with a trip through Pittsburgh.  Tonight's game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT and features the Astros' Wandy Rodriguez (1-3, 4.26) and the Pirates' Paul Maholm (1-4, 4.14).