The first full week after the All-Star break has come and gone. Let's take a look at how the division fared.
Diamondbacks (2-4 this week): Arizona's week got off to a rough start the second Detroit landed in Phoenix for a three-game series. The Tigers left the desert winning two of three against the Diamondbacks including an 11-5 victory in game three. Arizona then had a day off to travel to Philadelphia where it didn't do much better. The two teams split games one and two before the Phillies won the rubber match 4-2.
Padres (3-3): San Diego started off with a day off to travel to Chicago. The Padres dropped game one 6-0 before winning the final two games of the series. San Diego then visited Atlanta and won the first game of the series 5-2. But the Braves won the final two games.
Rockies (3-3): Colorado's week started off in the nation's capital against Washington. The Nationals won the first two games by a combined score of 14-6, scoring seven runs in both contests. But the Rockies came back and won the final game 6-4. Colorado had the day off to travel home before hosting Pittsburgh. The Rockies each of the first two games by the score of 8-1. But the Pirates took the finale 7-5.
Giants (3-4): San Francisco started off the week well winning three straight over Philadelphia on the road. But the Phillies avoided the four-game series sweep by winning game four 2-1. After that loss it all went down hill for the Giants. San Fran hosted Los Angeles over the weekend and San Francisco didn't do to well losing all three games.
Dodgers (4-2): Los Angeles' week started off well with a 5-2 win in Pittsburgh. But the Dodgers quickly lost the next two games to the Pirates before flying to San Francisco on the off-day Thursday. Los Angeles bounced back when it arrived in San Fran and swept the Giants to take a 1.5 game lead in the division standings.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:
Diamondbacks: Three games on the road against the Reds and four at home against the Pirates.
Padres: One game on the road against the Braves, three at home against the Cardinals, and three at home against the Braves.
Rockies: Four on the road against the Cubs and three on the road against the Tigers.
Giants: Three at home against the Pirates, day off on Thursday, and three on the road against the Mets.
Dodgers: Day off today, three at home against the Braves, and three at home against the Cubs.
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Dodgers' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. LA's first baseman finished the week with a triple slash line of .435/.500/.739. Gonzalez also hit one homer and notched seven RBI. He also finished this week with four doubles.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Dodgers' starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. On Saturday July 26th, Kershaw dominated the Giants. The southpaw threw a complete game shutout against the team's rival. He gave up three hits while walking one and striking out seven. It was Kershaw's 12th win of the season and the performance dropped his ERA to 1.76 in 2014.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were the only team to finish with a record above .500 this week thanks to a big sweep over the Giants on the road. Los Angeles also re-claimed first place in the division thanks to that sweep.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Giant's starting pitcher Tim Lincecum. On Friday July 25th Lincecum didn't do too well against the Dodgers. The righty last just four and a third innings as he gave up six runs (all earned) on nine hits. The only bright spot for Linecum was he struck out six and didn't walk a single batter.