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Saturday Around the NL Central: The Reds take all the hits

The Reds easily outscored the rest of the division Friday night.

Jamie Sabau

Here are yesterday's results from around the division:

  • The Reds took Dan Haren and the Nationals out behind the woodshed, scoring seven runs in the seventh to cap off a 15-0 win. Cincinnati went deep six times in the game, including multi-homer games for Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart. The Reds got all of the NL Central's runs yesterday. (Red Reporter Recap)
  • In Atlanta, the Cubs got a solo home run from Scott Hairston but that was all in a 4-1 loss. Scott Feldman allowed all four Braves runs over just 4.2 innings. (Bleed Cubbie Bluie Recap)
  • The Brewers, without Ryan Braun (scratched with neck spasms) and Aramis Ramirez (who left early with a knee sprain), mustered just one run in a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. This game was 1-1 in the seventh two runs scored on the same Michael Gonzalez wild pitch. (Brew Crew Ball Recap)
  • The Cardinals somehow managed even less offense, dropping a 1-0 shutout to Barry Zito and the Giants. Allen Craig had two of the Cardinals' three hits in the contest.
  • Finally, in the nightcap last night the Pirates were shut down by Zack Greinke and the Dodgers, picking up just two hits and never advancing a runner past first base in their 3-0 loss. (Bucs Dugout Recap)

And in other news:

The Brewers are probably going to have to make a roster move today to add some depth with both Braun and Ramirez missing time. Since they started the season with 13 pitchers on the roster, they already only have one backup infielder (Yuniesky Betancourt, pressed into service last night). 40-man infielders Jeff Bianchi and Taylor Green are also injured.

The Cardinals tried their third different starting lineup in four games yesterday, with Mike Matheny telling MLB.com "All of our guys can fit anywhere in the lineup." Carlos Beltran was the big mover, sliding into the #2 spot in the lineup and going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Matt Garza rejoined the Cubs yesterday after throwing a bullpen session in Arizona for the first time since February. Garza has been dealing with a lat strain, and is still probably about a month away from returning. He's scheduled to throw another bullpen on Sunday.

The Pirates were playing the first game of a six-day west coast road trip last night, and probably already can't wait to get out of Los Angeles. They've won just ten of their last 43 road games at Dodger Stadium, and have lost seven straight dating back to 2011.

The Reds have gotten their season off to a good start, but outfielder Jay Bruce went 1-for-his first-13. He told MLB.com he's not concerned, then went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles last night. All three of his hits this season have been of the two-base variety.

Here are your Saturday morning standings and today's schedule (all times Central):

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Reds 3 1 -- v WAS 12:10 pm Mike Leake v. Ross Detwiler
Cubs 2 2 1 @ ATL 6:10 pm Carlos Villanueva v. Julio Teheran
Brewers 1 3 2 v ARI 6:10 pm Michael Fiers v. Patrick Corbin
Pirates 1 3 2 @ LAD 8:10 pm A.J. Burnett v. Clayton Kershaw
Cardinals 1 3 2 @ SFG 3:05 pm Shelby Miller v. Ryan Vogelsong