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Around the NL Central: June 1 Edition

News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • St. Louis used its 518th late-inning rally of the young season to swipe a 4-3 victory from the Giants at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds trailed, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the eighth, but SF relievers Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez couldn't protect the lead: Jon Jay and Albert Pujols each doubled to lead off the inning, Allen Craig doubled Pujols home with one out, and Skip Schumaker drove in Craig with a two-out single for the winning run. Fernando Salas picked up his 10th save of the year, working around a two-out, Nate Schierholtz double to put the Giants to bed.
  • Zack Greinke wasn't at his best, needing 109 pitches to get through six innings, walking three and giving up six hits, but the bats came to the rescue in Milwaukee's 7-2 win over Cincinnati. Corey Hart continued his torrid play with a three-run homer en route to a 4 RBI day, and Jon Lucroy clubbed his sixth homer as the Crew improved to 1-4 at Great American Bandbox this season. Our recap is here.
  • Pittsburgh's scuffling offense looked like it was going to be the Pirates' undoing once again last night, as the Bucs trailed the Mets, 1-0, after seven innings. But the Pirates finally got to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the eighth inning, scoring three two-out runs thanks to RBI singles by Josh Harrison and Neil Walker. Pittsburgh tacked on two more in the ninth and grabbed a 5-1 victory in New York. James McDonald was solid for six innings, giving up six hits and one run while walking two and striking out five.
  • Houston got a strong major league debut from 20-year-old Jordan Lyles, as the right-hander went seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out four without walking a batter. But Lyles' throwing error on a sac bunt attempt set the stage for a three-run bottom of the eighth as Chicago got doubles from Aramis Ramirez and Darwin Barney to grab a 3-1 advantage. Then Carlos Marmol came on, and this happened: single, double, double, sac bunt, single, walk, homer. That's six runs on five hits and a walk, if you score along with us, and Marmol's ERA ballooned to 3.47 on the year.  Houston gets the win and secures a series triumph, 7-3.

Your updated standings for June 1:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 33 23 -- 7-3 W1
Brewers 30 25 2.5 8-2 W1
Reds 28 28 5.0 3-7 L1
Pirates 25 28 6.5 5-5 W1
Cubs 23 30 8.5 4-6 L2
Astros 21 34 11.5 5-5 W2


On tap for today:

  • The Cardinals and Giants continue their series at Busch Stadium at 7:15 p.m. CDT tonight. San Francisco has ace Tim Lincecum (5-4, 2.22) on the mound to face the Cards' Jake Westbrook (5-3, 5.19).
  • The Reds and Brewers wrap up their three-game set at 6:10 p.m. CDT tonight in Cincinnati. Shaun Marcum (6-2, 2.80) gets the ball for the Crew, and he's opposed by Jane's Addiction fan Mike Leake (4-2, 5.10).
  • The Pirates play game three of their four-game series with the Mets at Citi Field at 6:10 p.m. CDT tonight. Scheduled to start: for the Bucs, Kevin Correia (7-4, 3.44); for New York, former Brewer Chris Capuano (3-5, 4.94).
  • The 'Stros and Cubs have a matinee contest at 1:20 p.m. CDT at Wrigley Field. Brett Myers (1-4, 5.11) tries to get Houston the sweep, while Doug Davis (0-3, 6.75) tries to salvage a game for the Baby Bears.