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Around the NL Central: May 7 Edition

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News from around the Central:

 Last night's action:

  • The hole got a little bit deeper for Milwaukee, as St. Louis used an excellent pitching performance from Jaime Garcia to rout the Crew, 6-0.  Our recap is here.
  • It wasn't always pretty, but Cincinnati managed to hold off Chicago for a 5-4 win in the Windy City. Edinson Volquez wasn't at his best, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four walks, six hits, and a couple of wild pitches, to boot, but neither was Matt Garza, who allowed five runs (all earned) in six innings. Jay Bruce powered the Reds' offense with a three-run homer in the fourth.
  • Pittsburgh held a 2-1 lead going into the top of the eighth inning, but Houston scored two runs thanks to a walk and a steal from Michael Bourn, a double by Hunter Pence, and a single by Carlos Lee. The blown late lead overshadowed a fine outing for Paul Maholm, who limited the Astros to one run in seven innings, scattering five hits and three walks.  Wandy Rodriguez was almost as good for Houston, going seven strong while giving up five hits, two walks and two runs.
Your updated standings for May 7:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 19 14 -- 7-3 W2
Reds 17 15 1.5 6-4 W3
Pirates 15 17 3.5 5-5 L1
Cubs 14 17 4.0 4-6 L1
Brewers 13 19 5.5 2-8 L7
Astros 13 19 5.5 5-5 W1

 

CENTRALPALOOZA rolls on today:

  • St. Louis and Milwaukee play game two of their three-game series at 3:10 p.m. CDT this afternoon.  The Cardinals start Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.44), while Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 6.10) tries to shake his demons once again for the Crew.
  • The Reds and Cubs also play an afternoon game, with a 12:10 p.m. CDT start at Wrigley Field.  The Reds send Bronson Arroyo (3-3, 4.17) to the mound to face the Cubs' Casey Coleman (1-2, 7.36)
  • Later tonight, Pittsburgh hosts Houston at PNC Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT, with Houston's Bud Norris (2-1, 3.03) facing Charlie Morton (3-1, 3.52) for the Bucs.