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Around the NL Central: August 15 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Nyjermania ran wild on Chris Resop in the 10th and Milwaukee swept Pittsburgh out of town with a 2-1, extra-inning win. Our recap is here.
  • The Cardinals lost a game in the standings over the weekend, but St. Louis kept its deficit at five games with a 6-2 win over Colorado on Sunday night. The Rockies jumped on Edwin Jackson for two runs in the first on Mark Ellis's solo homer and Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single, but the Cards answered right back with four runs in the first: Al Pujols homered to score Rafael Furcal, David Freese doubled in Matt Holliday, and Yadier Molina added an RBI double of his own. Jackson wasn't sharp -- 5.1 IP, eight hits and three walks with just four strikeouts -- but his 'pen picked him up in a big way: five Cardinal relivers held the Rockies to two hits the rest of the way, and Fernando Salas set Colorado down in order in the ninth to end it.
  • Cincinnati couldn't finish off the sweep of San Diego, dropping a 7-3 decision to the Padres at Great American Ballpark. San Diego got four runs in the third inning against Dontrelle Willis (on a pair of RBI singles, a wild pitch, and an RBI groundout), but Jay Bruce pulled the Reds within one with a three-run blast to right field in the bottom of the fourth. But the Padres tacked on single runs in the seventh, eight, and ninth innings, and Heath Bell slammed the door on Cincinnati with a three-up, three-down ninth inning.
  • Chicago took two of three from Atlanta thanks to a 6-5 nailbiter over the Braves on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs found themselves down 4-0 after five innings, but Chicago got off the mat with four runs in the sixth -- sac fly by Carlos Pena, two-RBI single by Tyler Colvin, and a wild pitch that scored Alfonso Soriano -- and then, after the Braves got an unearned run in ths sixth, Pena put the Cubs in the lead with a two-run homer in the seventh, his 23rd of the year. That was enough of a cushion for Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Marmol, who held the Braves hitless over the last three innings.
  • Houston lost a baseball game. Ho-hum. The Dodgers used a four-run sixth inning to blow open a 3-0 contest, and Hiroki Kuroda held the Astros to five hits over seven innings while fanning six as Los Angeles blitzed the Astros, 7-0, at Dodger Stadium.

Your updated standings for August 15:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
70 51 -- 9-1 W3
Cardinals 65 56 5.0 7-3 W1
Reds 59 62 11.0
5-5 L1
Pirates 56
63 13.0 2-8 L3
Cubs 53 68 17.0 7-3 W2
Astros 38 83 32.0 1-9 L6


The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
70 51 -- 7-3 L2
70 51 -- 9-1 W3
Giants 66 55 4.0 4-6 W2
Cardinals 65 56 5.0
7-3 W1
Reds 59
62 11.0 5-5 L1


On tap for tonight:

  • The Crew welcomes the Dodgers to town to kick off a four-game series at 7:10 p.m. CDT tonight. Randy Wolf (9-8, 3.48) faces fellow lefty Ted Lilly (7-12, 4.71) in the opener.
  • The Cardinals take to the road to battle the slumping Pirates at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Jake Westbrook (9-6, 4.74) is on the bump for the Cards, while James McDonald (7-6, 4.24) gets the call for the Bucs.
  • The Cubs look to take their fifth series in a row, and they've got the right team on the schedule to do it: the Baby Bears face the Astros tonight, with Rodrigo Lopez (3-3, 4.78) facing Henry Sosa (0-1, 6.00) in game one.
  • Cincinnati has the day off.