Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter. Bruce Bochy referred to the loss as the low point of the Giants’ season. It’s hard to disagree.
The upshot: Arizona now has a five game lead in the NL West. As Nick Piecoro points out in the Arizona Republic, it’s the Dbacks’ biggest division lead since June 15th 2008.
The two teams play a three-game series this weekend in San Francisco. If their relative trajectories don’t change, the Dbacks could secure the division by Sunday evening.
Which we all saw coming back in March, right?
- Clayton Kershaw cleared to begin rehab assignment on Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga 1
- Michael Pineda ejected in second inning for pine tar on neck, facing a 10-game suspension 82
- Mark Trumbo diagnosed with stress fracture in foot 7
- Josh Johnson needs a second Tommy John surgery 21
- Sammy Sosa wasn’t invited to Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday 45