SnakeBytes 5/28: Double the Fun

Jennifer Stewart

The Diamondbacks most certainly did not take Memorial Day off, sweeping a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. Game one featured pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs befuddling Texas batters for six innings en route to a 5-3 victory. While game two saw the Diamondbacks rally late against Texas Ace Yu Darvish, clinching the victory with a walk-off hit from Cliff Pennington.

Quotes of the Day

"He’s maturing. This is the best scenario for us. We bring him up here for a spot start. He continues to build his confidence and goes back there (Reno) and builds on what he has done prior, and then maybe we’re going to need in the future."

- Kirk Gibson on Tyler Skaggs' immediate future with the club.

“His change-up was lights out, so he had three pitches going. With this team, they’re very aggressive. They hit the fastball well. If you get behind, you’ve got to throw fastball. They’re going to pound you. It was great.”

- Gibson on Skaggs' improved change-up.

"Happy that they called me up and had the confidence in me to start the ballgame. Hopefully opened up a few eyes. I was already confident coming [in]."

- Tyler Skaggs on getting called up.

"He threw me a low cutter and I put good wood on it and it was like a line drive and it went out."

- Didi Gregorious on his game-tying two-run homer.

"Every player wants to do it anytime, but when you are not swinging that bat as well as you want to swing it, it feels even better."

- Cliff Pennington on his walk-off single in game two.

Diamondbacks News

Tyler Skaggs leads Arizona Diamondbacks over Texas Rangers

Top prospect Tyler Skaggs impressed in game one of the double header, striking out nine Rangers over six innings and allowing only three hits and no runs. Skaggs' curveball was as good as advertised, but it was his improved change-up that surprised. The addition of the change-up allowed the young lefty to use the big curve more sparingly, setting up batters for the KO pitch.

Arizona Diamondbacks walk-off in 9th to sweep doubleheader against Texas Rangers

Game two of the doubleheader featured late game heroics from the Diamondbacks' middle infielders Didi Gregorious and Cliff Pennington. Despite a strong outing from Yu Darvish, who struck out 14 Diamondbacks over 7.2 innings, the Diamondbacks were able to capitalize on a few mistake pitches. Gregorious tied the game in the eighth with a two-run homer off of Darvish. In the bottom of the ninth, Pennington would drive home MIguel Montero to complete the sweep of the Rangers.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs' improved change-up surprises

The improvement of Tyler Skaggs' change-up is heartening. The young prospect, added to the roster specifically for the doubleheader as the 26th man, will bide his time in Reno waiting for the logjam at starting pitcher to sort itself out.

Prado quickly recovering from slow start | dbacks.com: News

Martin Prado has been raking as of late. It was inevitable that he would come around, but it is good to see nonetheless.

Around the League

Jonah Keri ranks the MLB teams - Grantland

The Diamondbacks check in at number nine on Keri's power rankings. At number one: the recently swept Texas Rangers.

The Marlins are historically inept at the plate. | SportsonEarth.com : Matthew Kory Article

Yikes.

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