The NL West is a fun division to watch right now, and fans will definitely be hoping that it stays that way. That’s because three teams are involved with the race. It might be argued that the injury issues to the Los Angeles Dodgers are causing it, but it’s still a fun race to keep an eye on. On Monday night, all three teams involved got victories. The San Diego Padres did so in a 7-0 rout of the woeful Colorado Rockies. Yu Darvish was fantastic on the mound, pitching seven innings while striking out ten and also adding a double and a run scored as well. The Rockies gave up three errors in the contest, too, so that obviously didn’t help their cause too much.
Manny Machado had a home run in the bottom of the first to start things off well, and the Padres pulled away from there. The injury-hit Dodgers, meanwhile, were taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they got help from an old face and a new one in the win. Walker Buehler pitched seven innings of one-hit baseball while striking out seven to improve to 2-0 while Albert Pujols made his debut in blue. He singled in an RBI on his bow, no doubt a good sign for them as they look to utilize his immense experience and fill in some of the holes they have currently. Will Smith had a solo homer in the 3-1 win as well. The San Francisco Giants, the team that few were talking about prior to the season getting underway, also won, downing the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on the back of three home runs. That’s seven wins from their last ten and it kept them 0.5 games up on the Padres and two up on the Dodgers in a very tight early battle.