The Dodgers had just lost a game to the worst team in the National League, that group of has-beens and never-weres masquerading as a major league club in Arizona, after having lost the last two in a series against the also less than stellar Reds. But, the Giants had shown signs of faltering, and as the hard-hitting Colorado Rockies came to town on Monday, the best team that money can buy might actually have a chance to move a bit closer to first in the West Division.
The Dodgers had their big three of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw lined up as starters for the series, and they had a secret weapon in the dugout, a weapon
Led by Kemp in the three games against the Rockies, the Dodgers outscored them 18 to three, behind the three-hit pitching of Ryu, six great innings from Greinke, and then, lo and behold, one of the great games ever pitched in major league history, from Clayton Kershaw. In case you were on your way back from a trip to the moon, Kershaw no-hit the Rockies, striking out 15, and he came within an eyelash of a perfect game, as the only
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|runner to reach base was on a seventh-inning error by Hanley Ramirez. Colorado entered the series leading the NL in every major offensive category, and each by a wide margin.
Add to all this the problems the Giants are currently experiencing, and you have a race in the division. The Giants have now lost five in a row and eight of nine, and have seen their lead over LA drop to four games. Matt Cain has lost
With the starting pitching dominating, with the renewed life in the bat of Matt Kemp, and with the Giants slumping, the best team money can buy, even with the empty uniform non-manager twiddling his thumbs in the dugout, might yet fulfill some of that promise.