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Around the NL Central: June 9 Edition

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News from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Lance Berkman ended Bud Norris' no-hit bid in the top of the seventh with a two-out, solo homer, but that was all the offense St. Louis could muster as Norris led Houston to a 4-1 victory last night. When all was said and done, Norris went eight innings, giving up the one hit (and one run) while striking out two and walking five. Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, and Jason Michaels each drove in a run for the Astros, who chased Jaime Garcia from the game after five innings (seven hits, three runs, two walks).
  • Milwaukee continued its Cardiac Crew routine, coming back from a four-run deficit in the eighth inning to defeat New York, 7-6. Our recap is here.
  • Chicago snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ballpark. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth (Pena's was a two-run shot) to give Ryan Dempster all the support he needed; the Cub right-hander worked six innings, striking out eight and giving up just one run as his ERA dropped below six on the year (5.96).
  • Your eyes don't deceive you: it is June, and the Pirates are back to .500, as Pittsburgh scratched and clawed its way to a 3-2, 12-inning victory over Arizona on Wednesday night. Andrew McCutchen wasn't going to be denied last night: after the D-backs scored a run in the top of the 10th to break a 1-1 tie, McCutchen hit a ground rule double in the bottom of the inning and scored the tying run on a Neil Walker single. McCutchen then won the game in the bottom of the 12th with his tenth homer of the year.

Your updated standings for June 9:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 37 26 -- 6-4 L1
Brewers 35 27 1.5 7-3 W1
Reds 32 31 5.0 5-5 L1
Pirates 30 30 5.5 6-4 W2
Cubs 24 36 11.5 2-8 W1
Astros 24 38 12.5 5-5 W1


On tap for today:

  • St. Louis and Houston wrap up their series at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Minute Maid Park. J.A. Happ (3-7, 4.65) gets the ball for the Astros, while Lance Lynn (0-1, 8.44) makes his second start for the Cards.
  • The Reds head west to start a series with the Giants in San Francisco. Game one kicks off at 9:15 p.m. CDT and features Cincy's Johnny Cueto (2-2, 2.27) and Frisco's Madison Bumgarner (2-7, 3.42). 
  • The Crew and Mets finish their series at 7:10 p.m. at Miller Park, with Yovani Gallardo (8-2, 3.72) facing New York's Jon Niese (4-5, 3.75).
  • The Cubs continue their road trip at Citizens Bank Park with a 6:05 p.m. CDT game against the Phillies. Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74) starts for the Baby Bears, while Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78) starts for the Phils.
  • The Pirates and D-backs have a 6:05 p.m. CDT start at PNC Park tonight. Jeff Karstens (3-4, 3.30) is on the bump for the Bucs, and he'll face Josh Collmenter (4-1, 1.25).