NL Central Watch: June 30

Here’s a quick glance at what’s happening around the National League Central.

The Cubs and Giants are on an interesting collision course. The Cubs have lost six straight on the road and the Giants have lost 14 of 17 at home, where they host the North Siders for the next four games, beginning tonight.

Just as manager Lou Piniella warned weeks ago about the current stretch being critical for the Cubs, the Cardinals had their own rough stretch and handled things much better.

The Brewers are happy to have interleague play come to a close.

Maybe a little turbulence is just what the Astros needed.

Check back later for updates.

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The Braves took the lead on Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki’s two-out error in the eighth inning. The Cubs dropped a game behind the Diamondbacks in the battle for the second wild-card spot and saw their lead over the Marlins for the third and final spot cut to a half-game.
Athanasios Zoyganeles pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
“We’re going to have discussions on the best step forward for the White Sox,” general manager Chris Getz said.