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Around the NL Central: August 11 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Milwaukee rode a sublime pitching performance from Randy Wolf to a 5-1 victory over St. Louis. You need recap? We've got recap.
  • Pittsburgh got a series win against the defending World Series champs, clobbering the Giants, 9-2, on Wednesday afternoon. Andrew McCutchen only had one hit on the day, but he made the most of it: McCutchen hammered a two-run shot off of Jonathan Sanchez in the third inning, and he also walked three times and scored four runs. Ryan Ludwick also had a solid day at the dish, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double. Jeff Karstens worked six effective innings for the win, striking out nine and giving up eight hits and two runs.
  • Cincinnati solved Colorado, at least for one night, taking a 3-2 decision over the Rockies on Wednesday. The Reds got on the board first thanks to a pair of solo homers (Edgar Renteria and Jay Bruce did the honors) in the fourth inning, but the Rox answered with single runs in the fifth (Dexter Fowler RBI single) and sixth (Troy Tulowitzki's 23rd homer). Joey Votto provided the winning run all by himself with his 18th homer in the bottom of the sixth, making a winner out of Mike Leake, who worked 7.1 innings and scattered eleven hits while fanning five.
  • Chicago used three big flies to claim a 4-2 win over the Nationals at Wrigley Field. Geovany Soto tied the game in the second inning with a solo homer, and Reed Johnson added a solo shot of his own in the fifth as the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. After Jayson Werth cut the lead to one on his 14th homer in the sixth, Alfonso Soriano restored the two-run margin with his 20th homer in the bottom of the frame. Carlos Marmol notched his 25th save by striking out the side in the ninth inning.
  • Houston found itself in a hole early, as Arizona greeted rookie Henry Sosa with three first-inning runs on a Willie Bloomquist leadoff homer and Paul Goldschmidt's two-RBI single. Sosa settled in from there, though, holding the D-backs to a single run over the next five innings and finishing with a line of 6 IP, 6 hits, four earned runs, three walks, and four strikeouts. Josh Collmenter, on the other hand, worked seven solid innings, limiting the Astros to four hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

Your updated standings for August 11:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
67 50 -- 9-1 W6
Cardinals 62 55 5.0 5-5 L2
Pirates 56 60 10.5
2-8 W1
Reds 56
61 11.0 4-6 W1
Cubs 50 67 17.0 8-2 W1
Astros 38 79 29.0 3-7 L2


The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
69 49 -- 6-4 W4
67 50 1.5 9-1 W6
Giants 64 54 5.0 3-7 L1
Cardinals 62 55 6.5
5-5 L2
Mets 58
58 10.0 3-7 L1


On tap for tonight:

  • The Crew and Cardinals conclude their series at 7:15 p.m. CDT, when Yovani Gallardo (13-7, 3.56) takes on Chris Carpenter (7-8, 3.75).
  • The Reds and Rockies wrap up their four-game series at 11:35 a.m. CDT. Scheduled to start: for Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto (7-5, 2.06); for Colorado, Jhoulys Chacin (9-8, 3.45).
  • The Cubs and Nationals make up the game that was rained out earlier this week at 1:20 p.m. CDT. Ryan Dempster (9-8, 4.87) gets the call for the Cubs, while Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 3.12) toes the slab for the Nats.
  • The Astros and D-backs are back in action at 8:40 p.m. CDT. Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.61) takes the ball for the Snakes, while Brett Myers is on the bump for Houston (3-12, 4.76).
  • Pittsburgh has the day off.