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Around the NL Central: June 2 Edition

News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • The script was flipped for St. Louis last night, as San Francisco was the team that came up with the late-inning heroics in a 7-5, 11-inning win at Busch Stadium. The Giants plated a two-out run in the top of the ninth to knot the game at 5 and then got to the snakebitten Ryan Franklin in the 11th, with Nate Schierholtz singling in Freddy Sanchez and Brandon Crawford singling in Schierholtz to account for the winning margin. The game was briefly interrupted by a power outage in the bottom of the 11th, but Brian Wilson worked around the delay and a couple of hits to nail down his 15th save.
  • Thanks to two-run homers by Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, Cincinnati rebounded from a 3-0, seventh-inning deficit to clip Milwaukee, 4-3, at Great American Ballpark. The Brewers are now 2-7 vs. the Reds in 2011. Our recap is here.
  • For the second day in a row, Pittsburgh's offense was silent for most of the game before erupting in the late innings. This time, the Pirates plated all nine of their runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 9-3 thumpin' of the Mets at Citi Field. Former Brewer Chris Capuano cruised through six innings before running aground in the seventh: Cappy was chased from the game by five consecutive singles, and Pedro Beato surrendered two more singles and an RBI ground out as Pittsburgh grabbed control of the game with a five-run frame.
  • Houston swept the Cubs courtesy of a 3-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Doug Davis hasn't been very good in his brief stint in Chicago, but he wasn't spectacularly awful yesterday: he worked 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs without walking a batter. But after working six effective innings, Davis found trouble in the seventh, as singles by Jeff Keppinger and Chris Johnson singled to end his day. Kerry Wood came on to issue a walk, and Sean Marshall surrendered a sharp single to Bourn that plated Keppinger and Johnson. That was all the support the Astro pitchers needed, as Brett Myers gave up one run in six innings and the 'pen chipped in with three scoreless frames.

Your updated standings for June 2:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 33 24 -- 6-4 L1
Brewers 30 26 2.5 7-3 L1
Reds 29 28 4.0 4-6 W1
Pirates 26 28 5.5 5-5 W2
Cubs 23 31 8.5 3-7 L3
Astros 22 34 10.5 6-4 W3


On tap for today:

  • The Cardinals wrap up their four-game set with the Giants with a 7:15 p.m. CDT start at Busch Stadium. Jonathan Sanchez (3-3, 3.38) gets the ball for San Fran, matching up with St. Louis' Jaime Garcia (5-1, 3.28).
  • The Pirates and Mets conclude their four-game series at Citi Field at 12:10 p.m. CDT. Hard-luck lefty Paul Maholm (2-7, 3.18) starts for the Bucs, and Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.00) goes for the Mets.
  • The Astros travel to San Diego to begin a four-game set with the Padres at 9:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Scheduled to start for Houston: Bud Norris (2-4, 3.76); for San Diego, Tim Stauffer (1-3, 3.60).
  • Chicago, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee have the day off.