San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was just rolling along with a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning. The Giants had scored their lone run on a solo home run by Cody Ross to lead off the bottom of the first. It had held up all afternoon until the fateful eighth. Ryan Roberts tied the game with a solo home run, knocked Vogelsong out of the game and it was all fun from there. Willie Bloomquist added the icing on the cake with a two-run triple to give the Dbacks a 4-1 win Sunday. J.J. Putz added his 36th save of the year. The National League West lead has just grown to seven games.
Vogelsong once again shut them down for most of the day. As for Daniel Hudson, he gave an early run again and he labored through the first two innings, throwing almost 50 pitches, including a 16 pitch at-bat to Brandon Belt. However Hudson made it through seven innings and was given the win for sticking it out.
You have to believe now that the Dbacks are in the drivers seat. You don’t necessarily want to call the division title just yet, however with just 22 games to go now, it will take something very special from the Giants to win the NL West. Even if the Dbacks were to go 11-11, playing .500 for the rest of the season, that would mean the Giants could do no worse than 18-4. With their experience, it can happen, but the Dbacks haven’t been a .500 team since May. I have a hard time believing they only go 11-11 given the remaining schedule.
Now it is on to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies. One day at a time.