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Around the NL Central: May 8 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • Milwaukee used a dominant performance from Yovani Gallardo and a clutch, two-run triple from Carlos Gomez to end a seven-game skid as the Crew blanked St. Louis, 4-0.  Our recap is here.
  • Cincinnati held a 2-1 lead on the Cubs going into the bottom of the ninth, but Francisco Cordero promptly blew his first save opportunity of the year -- he surrendered a game-tying homer to Carlos Pena, the first batter he faced in the ninth -- and then gave up the game, as Kosuke Fukudome singled in Blake DeWitt with two out.  Chicago wins, 3-2.
  • Pittsburgh rode a 7+ inning, five-strikeout performance from Charlie Morton to an easy 6-1 win over Houston.  The Pirates got all the offense they needed in a three-run second inning: Lyle Overbay hit a solo homer (his second on the year) and Andrew McCutchen doubled in two runs. Brandon Wood also doubled in a pair of runs for the Bucs in the eighth inning.
Your updated standings for May 8:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 19 15 -- 6-4 L1
Reds 17 16 1.5 5-5 L1
Pirates 16 17 2.5 6-4 W1
Cubs 15 17 3.0 5-5 W1
Brewers 14 19 4.5 2-8 W1
Astros 13 20 5.5 4-6 L1


CENTRALPALOOZA wraps up today:

  • St. Louis and Milwaukee finish their series with a 1:15 p.m. CDT contest. St. Louis right-hander Kyle McClellan (4-0, 3.79) is scheduled to face Milwaukee's Chris Narveson (1-2, 4.64).
  • The Reds and Cubs conclude their three-game set with a 1:20 p.m. start at Wrigley Field. Johnny Cueto makes his season debut for Cincinnati, facing Chicago's Ryan Dempster (1-3, 8.05).
  • The Pirates and Astros wrap up their three-game series at 12:35 p.m. CDT this afternoon. Houston's J.A. Happ (2-4, 6.23) matches up with Pittsburgh's James McDonald (2-2, 6.75).