The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 4-0 tonight on the strength of a Jeff Karstens 83 pitch shutout the Houston Astros being a terrible baseball team. Almost simultaneously, the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on a walk off home run from Brandon Phillips. Less than an hour after those two games were complete, the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-0.

These results mean that the Pittsburgh Pirates are now in first place in the National League Central Division, on July 15, 2011. The Pirates’ 48-43 record has a slightly better winning percentage (.5274725) than the Cardinals’ record of 49-44 (.5268817).

They haven’t been in first place this late in the season since July 17, 1997. In case you were wondering, that’s pretty cool.

Comments (3)

  1. The 2011 Pirates, proving to JaysTalk callers everywhere that you CAN win with Lyle Overbay at 1B.

  2. In the NL NorthYork, in the NL.

  3. I hope they keep it up, but honestly, even in that picture there’s Josh Harrison, Chase D’Arnaud, Alex Presley, and Garrett Jones. They may be able to keep it up based on their division and league, but that’s a bad team masquerading as a good one.

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