SnakeBytes 5/19: McCarthy Goes the Distance, Goes For Speed

The stench of fish makes Brandon cover his nose - Mike Ehrmann

It took Brandon McCarthy 99 pitches and only 2 hours, 24 minutes to complete his 3-hit shutout of the Marlins yesterday. Brandon talks about the victory, Parra and Don Baylor have a nice chat, and Gibson gushes about all of our man-crushes, Gerardo Parra.

Quotes du Jour

The win part, I don't care, like I said last week, it's a win for us, which is the only thing I care about. My numbers and stats are really inconsequential. It's nice that we were able to get it and it was nice that I was a big part of that, but that's how I look at it.

-- Brandon McCarthy

What do you got for this guy?

"You know what G? Just swing first pitch.

-- Parra and Baylor talk deep strategy.

The throw there, we've seen it a lot. It's unreal how good he is and how accurate and strong his arm is. It was a big play for us.'

-- Gibson

Diamondbacks Main Courses

McCarthy throws shutout for 1st victory of year | sports.yahoo.com
McCarthy (1-3) struck out five and walked two while throwing 68 of 99 pitches for strikes in his third career shutout, first since Sept. 3, 2011, against Seattle. McCarthy retired the final nine batters to complete a 2-hour, 24-minute gem.

McCarthy throws shutout as D-backs win again | foxsportsarizona.com
Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout, earning his first win since being struck in the head by a line drive last season, in the Diamondbacks' 1-0 victory over the Marlins on Saturday night. Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona, which has won four in a row and extended Miami's season-long losing streak to seven games.

McCarthy blanks Fish for first victory | mlb.com
In his last start, McCarthy had a shutout through the first eight innings, but manager Kirk Gibson elected to take him out with his pitch count at 88. This time, Gibson decided to leave McCarthy in, because of the fact that McCarthy was pitching with an extra day of rest and would have another extra day before his next turn, as well as the fact that he liked how he was throwing.

Goldschmidt blocking out newfound praise | dbacks.com
Suddenly, Goldschmidt is being mentioned among the best players in the game in the media. So what does he think about that? "I don't hear any of that," Goldschmidt said. "I don't read anything."

Didi Gregorius outperforming his track record; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders
Believe it or not, but prior to this season, Didi Gregorius was not amazing at hitting baseballs. There were stretches in his minor league career when his average was pretty good. There were times when he got on base at a decent clip. But he was inconsistent from year to year and he never really hit for power.

D-Backs at the quarter pole: The good and the bad; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders
The Diamondbacks awoke Friday a game out of first place in the National League West, and given everything that hasn’t gone according to plan this season, from injuries to poor production to blown leads late in games, the fact is the first 41 games have gone pretty well, all things considered.

Heath Bell watched Thursday’s Reds-Marlins game from the stands | HardballTalk
Why not go to the game?" Bell said. "Just bought a ticket and stayed low key. I didn’t wear a hat. I think with a hat, people would have recognized me more. We always watch games, but it’s just different to watch the game in the stands. Watching a game from the stands is just completely different from what we usually do. It’s almost like you want to go play, but you can’t. You have to wait a day."

Are the Diamondbacks a Playoff Team? | venomstrikes.com
Predictions for the Diamondbacks are 85 wins and 77 losses. That would be good for second in the division, behind the Giants who are projected to win 87 games and ahead of the Dodgers who, despite their terrible start, are projected to win 82. More importantly, it puts the Diamondbacks in the thick of the wild card race and not far behind the Giants for the division.

Ace pitchers continue to bewilder Isotopes | abqjournal.com
Reno, just 14-26 and with the second worst record in the Pacific Coast League coming into the series, made it three-for-three against Albuquerque with a 5-1 win Saturday night in front of 10,642 fans on military appreciation and fireworks night at Isotopes Park.


Just Desserts

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Keys to the Game: Burn that hat

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"Alright, throw a fastball way high, like up at his head."

*throws it right down the middle*

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

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The catcher from The Sandlot hasn't aged a day.

This sounds like a challenge for the "All-You-Can-Eat" Section

She was sick of being a Cubs fan I presume.


Food Truck Special

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