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Around the NL Central: August 26 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • St. Louis rebounded from its sweep at the hands of the Dodgers by pulling away for an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh last night at Busch Stadium. The Cards plated three early runs against Charlie Morton thanks to RBIs from Al Pujols, Lance Berkman, and Skip Schumaker, but the Bucs rallied to tie the game on Alex Pressly's run-scoring single and Garrett Jones' 2-RBI single. But the Redbirds plated three runs in the eight inning on Matt Holliday's three-run bomb and that was all she wrote for the Pirates, who went quietly against Fernando Salas in the ninth. Edwin Jackson picked up his 10th win of the year with six innings of solid ball: six hits, three walks, four runs, but only one earned.
  • Chicago's afternoon was pretty well summed up in the top of the first inning: after Matt Garza surrendered a leadoff single to Michael Bourn, Garza couldn't handle Darwin Barney's throw on Martin Prado's grounder, and Brian McCann made Garza pay for the boo-boo when he crushed a 2-0 offering into the right field bleachers for a three-run tater. It only got worse for the Cubs from there: the Baby Bears committed four errors on the day as the Braves took an easy 8-3 win and a 3-1 series victory. Brandon Beachy worked six innings (six hits, eight Ks, three runs, two earned) to earn his seventh victory of the season.
  • Houston got single runs in the first, third, and seventh against Ryan Vogelson to snag a 3-1 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. Rookie Henry Sosa picked up his first win, keeping the Giants off balance for six innings (four hits, three walks, one earned run) and J.D. Martinez did the heavy lifting for the offense with a run-scoring double and a sac fly. Jordan Schafer smashed his first homer as an Astro in the seventh inning to account for the final margin.
  • Milwaukee and Cincinnati had the night off.

Your updated standings for August 26:

W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
78 54 -- 7-3 L1 --
Cardinals 68 63 9.5 3-7 W1
Reds 64 66 13.0
5-5 W1 19
Pirates 61
69 16.0 4-6 L1
Cubs 57 74 20.5 4-6 L1 11
Astros 43 88 34.5 5-5 W1 Done


The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
79 53 -- 8-2 W1
78 54 1.0 7-3 L1
Giants 69 62 9.5 3-7 L1
Cardinals 68 63 10.5
3-7 W1
Reds 64
66 14.0 5-5 W1


And here are the playoff participants, if the season ended today:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Phillies (East) 83 45 -- 6-4 L1
Brewers (Central)
78 54 -- 7-3 L1
D-backs (West)
72 59 -- 4-6 W3
Braves (Wild Card)
79 53 --
8-2 W1


On tap for today:

  • The Crew and Cubs begin a three-game series at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m. CDT. Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.45) faces Rodrigo Lopez (4-4, 4.97) in the opener.
  • The Cardinals and Pirates continue their series at 7:15 p.m. CDT, when Jake Westbrook (10-7, 4.70) takes on James McDonald (8-6, 4.21).
  • The Reds welcome the Nats to town for a three-game series that kicks off at 6:10 p.m. CDT. Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.14) is scheduled to face Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 4.33) in game one.
  • Houston and San Francisco resume their series at 9:15 p.m. CDT. J.A. Happ (4-14, 6.26) is back from AAA exile to face Madison Bumgarner (7-12, 3.68).