Unfortunately, Atlanta cruised past Florida, while Ian Kennedy made one bad pitch to Pat Burrell which he hit for a 3-run bomb, giving Tim Lincecum all the cushion he would need in a 3-1 Giants win.
San Diego still controls its destiny. Win out and win the West. That said, they could really use a Arizona win today coupled with a win over Chicago. Winning two of 3 in San Fran will be very difficult; the Padres have to beat up Zito Saturday, and will need to find a way to beat either Cain or Sanchez. Asking them to sweep this weekend series in order to qualify for the post-season is bordering on impossible. Not with this lineup.
This morning Scott and BR brought up 1996, and the famous Padre 3-game sweep of the Dodgers to win the West. There is one crucial difference. That year the Dodgers had qualified for the post-season before the series started; the only question was would the Padres make it in or not. This year, nothing is decided, and both teams face the very real possibility they could miss the post-season altogether if they lose the series. San Francisco has a lot more incentive to win than the Dodgers did in 96. Seeing as the Padres have dominated the season series, I would think the last team SF wants to play in the NLCS is San Diego. Other than Philadelphia, that is.
Another big game this afternoon. I should be there, work and weather permitting. Podcast tonight.