In the last week, the Colorado Rockies have seen their share of struggles, losing both series they played. Still, the Rockies maintain a three-game lead in the NL West. But it's a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers this time around, not the San Francisco Giants.
The Rockies lost two of three to the Giants last week, and the pitchers had the Rockies' number until Wednesday's game. Tim Lincecum took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the first game, and Jonathan Sanchez quieted the Rockies for the most part over 6.1 innings. In the Wednesday game, the Rockies touched up Matt Cain and his bullpen for 10 runs to avoid the series weep.
However, that was just a brief respite. On Friday Anibal Sanchez had a no-hitter through eight innings, but Dexter Fowler broke that up to start the ninth. Fowler had to do it again on Sunday with a hard double off of Josh Johnson in the sixth inning.
All-in-all, the Rockies went 2-4 and still stand atop the NL West (full division standings below). They will also have a winning record in April no matter what they do this week.
NL West Standings
|Los Angeles||12||11||.521||3||Won 1|
|San Francisco||10||11||.476||4||Lost 4|
|San Diego||8||14||.363||6.5||Lost 4|
(updated 4.25.2011 at 10:28 AM EDT)
After they took two of three from the Rockies on the road, the Giants hosted and lost a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves over the weekend to go on a four-game losing streak. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were taken over by Major League Baseball, took three of four from the Braves and then two of three from the Cubs.
With one month almost in the books will the Rockies be able to keep this division lead?