As the month of June draws to a close the competition for the NL West has loosened up considerably. The big three clubs of the West have faced each other over the course of the last two series and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks have all flip-flopped places. With the Rockies losing ground, the Dodgers on a hot streak, and the D-Backs ability to pull out crucial wins in Denver, the West is as wild as ever. The Dodgers are in control Let’s begin with the Dodgers, are they ever going to lose? After lining up ten straight wins, with consecutive sweeps of the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and ultimately the Rockies, the Dodgers have been on fire and have begun
When the Giants signed Jae-Gyun Hwang in January, some fans knew little of the Korean infielder other than he had an epic bat flip. The Giants have a need with third baseman Conor Gillaspie expected to return to the disabled list Wednesday after his lower back flared up again, prompting him to get a cortisone shot. [...] baseman Eduardo Nuñez has been shelved with a strained hamstring and could be activated Friday, and third baseman Ryder Jones remains on the roster, so it’s uncertain how long Hwang will remain a Giant. The Giants signed Hwang after he hit .330 with 26 homers, 104 RBIs and 24 steals with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. By making it to the big leagues, he’ll make a prorated amount of a $1.5 million salary, and he has as much as $1.6 million in incentives for plate appearances, though he would have had to play the entire season in the majors to reach them all. Hwang won the Barney Nugent Award in spring training as the best newcomer, and manager Bruce Bochy said his presence and work ethic were inspiring.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday. It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather. Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season. Michael Wacha (4-3), who began the day with an 8.17 ERA over his last seven starts, limited the Reds to one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Brandon Finnegan (1-1) was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two months because of a shoulder problem. The lefty exited