Cubs 1, Astros 0

Pretty impressive stuff from big league debutante Ryan O’Malley (shown above, toiling for Daytona last year); 8 IP, 5 hits and no earned runs, though some guys will do anything to duck the Round Rock Express.

The Cubs and Astros’ bullpens caught a break after Tuesday night’s 18 inning Cubs win, though it was Chicago’s Michael Barrett who proved luckiest of all — who knew how far a ball could travel when you pretend it’s A.J. Pierzynski’s head?

The Dodgers’ bid to win their 18th out of their last 19 is in jeopardy, as they trail Florida, 12-4 in the middle of the 6th. Despite two doubles and 3 RBI’s from Lt. Dangle, L.A. pitching has been pounded all afternoon. Miggy Cabrera’s 3 run HR off Giovanni Carera (his 2nd on the day) was followed moments ago by a 2 run blast by Wes Helms.

Cincinnati have acquired LHP Scott Schoeneweis for the always popular player to be named later.

Following Monday’s injury to his right calf, Pedro Martinez has been placed on the 15 day disabled list. Heath Bell was promoted from Norfolk, and the entire tri-state area breathes a sigh of relief that at least it wasn’t Jose Lima.