SnakeBytes 5/20: Off to Colorado

LOSING IS FUN - Mike Ehrmann

Even though the D-backs took 2 of 3 from the Marlins, you have to feel they missed out on a potential sweep in the series finale. After scoring only 1 run for the 8th time this season, the D-backs lowered their record in those games to 2-6. Didi Gregorius and Cody Ross recap the game, Wade Miley describes how he's feeling, and Gibson talks Miggy.

Notable Quotables

Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it and (Nolasco) got stronger.

-- Didi Gregorius

He threw outstanding. I've seen him throw some really good games in the time I was with him. I was with him for five years. The thing he was doing today is he was getting his offspeed stuff over for strikes, probably even better than his fastball. He was keeping us off balance and striking guys out and getting some ground balls. He was really good. He didn't really miss over the heart of the plate very much. When he's going good, he's tough.

-- Cody Ross

I felt good out there. I was making pitches and throwing strikes. Just a couple of bad pitches cost you late in the game, especially in a game like that where it's 0-0. You've got to do better job.'

-- Wade Miley

He's been battling. We're going to get him going, he's going to get it going. You start to analyze things, you pretty much cover it A to Z and it gets tough. You have to go up there and not be overthinking the situation. If you do, it makes it tough. You analyze things you don't need to analyze."

-- Kirk Gibson

Daily Diamondbacks

Nolasco fans 11 D-backs, Marlins end 7-game skid | Yahoo! Sports
The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

Miley sharp, can't extend D-backs' win streak |
A few streaks were broken Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park, none in favor of the D-backs. Ricky Nolasco tossed a gem for the Marlins to lead them past the D-backs, 2-1 -- in the process snapping a seven-game team losing streak and a three-game personal losing streak. The D-backs, meanwhile, saw their four-game winning streak halted.

Arizona Diamondbacks fall to Miami Marlins in series finale |
Arizona Diamondbacks fall to Miami Marlins in series finale,The Diamondbacks comeback falls short as they leave the bases loaded in the 9th inning in 2-1 loss to the Marlins in series finale.

Undefeated Corbin, D-backs to open set vs. Rockies |
It's been six weeks in the making, but the baseball world is beginning to take notice of D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin. Perhaps one of the biggest untold stories of the 2013 season, Corbin has begun the year by tossing at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in each of his first eight starts. His 1.52 ERA ranks third in the Majors behind only Shelby Miller and Clayton Kershaw.

Pennington adjusting to limited role/Parra making noise in clubhouse, on field | News
The emergence of rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius, along with the strong play of third baseman Eric Chavez, has cut into infielder Cliff Pennington's playing time. He got the start on Sunday at second base, his first in five days and only his second since May 9. The blasts from the air horn come at irregular intervals prior to batting practice. One thing that is consistent is the smile that appears on outfielder Gerardo Parra's face after he startles his teammates with the loud noise inside the relatively small visitors' clubhouse.

Collmenter makes perhaps catch of the year |
D-backs' Collmenter makes what might be catch of the year -- with assist from Montero.

Did Diamondbacks' Goldschmidt leave $75 million on the table? |
Some others see the deal as especially good for the Diamondbacks, who have kept a middle-of-the-order stalwart at the least, and a budding superstar at best, at a reasonable cost. He's making $500,000 this year, and the deal starts with a $1 million salary next year, ascending to $11 million in 2018, which would have been his first free-agent year. The competing agent thinks he could be close to $20 million light for the final year alone. That doesn't matter to Goldschmidt. “Like I said, I'm happy," Goldschmidt said. “You can't look back six weeks later and change your mind, Whatever happens, I made the decision I wanted too make. Hopefully, it works out."

Sunday Night Baseball

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The Indians are pretty good against Cy Young winner this year.

Yeah he's pretty ridiculous.

Grading the weekend series: Tribe called best |
B+ - There's no doubt that the Rockies benefitted from an accommodating schedule early in the season. True enough, they came into the weekend home set against the defending-champion Giants having dropped four straight series (including one to the Cubs). Contrary to expectations, though, the Rockies took three out of four, largely by beating up on the struggling San Fran rotation. They'll enter the week just a game back of the Diamondbacks.

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