SnakeBytes 6/9: Big Crowds Support Losses

Derrick Hall chuckles to himself as a bat enters the crowd. - USA TODAY Sports

Even in the midst of a long 17 game stretch with only 3 home games sprinkled in, the D-backs faithful came on to support the 1st place team with 38,222 on hand Sunday. The total for the weekend series was 120,338, the most at Chase Field for a three-game set since Sept. 23-25, 2011. Even though it was a giveaway day, kudos goes out to the home fans for supporting this team. Kirk Gibson, Tyler Skaggs, and Paul Goldschmidt have your quotes of the day today as we face the Dodgers in LA.

Quotables

Our starters have been giving up a lot of runs, which puts a big strain on the bullpen. They are exhausted down there, and it kind of has an effect on the players, and they haven't been as sharp lately.

-- Kirk Gibson

The first inning, I struggled a little bit. I felt like I kind of locked in after that but it is a tough game and was one of those games when keeping the ball up you are going to get hit

-- Tyler Skaggs

It's fun any time you get the win, but any time you get a come-from-behind win like that in front of a great crowd, it's even more fun.

-- Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks Central

Skaggs struggles as D-backs drop series finale with Giants | foxsportsarizona.com
The stage was set for a terrific weekend for the Diamondbacks. Big crowds showed up at Chase Field to cheer on the first-place team, but the Giants spoiled the party.Starting pitching was a problem again on Sunday for the D-backs, as Tyler Skaggs struggled in a 6-2 loss. Arizona dropped the last two games of the series, being outscored 16-7 in the process.

Skaggs struggles as Giants stay hot at Chase Field | MLB.com
With the series defeat, the D-backs' lead in the division shrank to 1 1/2 games over the Giants, who moved to 5-1 in Phoenix this season. In every other away ballpark, San Francisco is a combined 7-17 in 2013.

D-backs 'move on' to L.A. after trying weekend | foxsportsarizona.com
After an eight-game road trip that saw the Diamondbacks have a game postponed due to weather, sit through lengthy rain delays in St. Louis and Chicago and lose two more players to injury, a quiet and successful three-game home stand would have been welcome.

Hudson restarting comeback, will visit Dr. Andrews | dbacks.com
When D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson learned he needed a second Tommy John surgery in as many years to continue his career, the 26-year-old admitted he considered giving up on baseball.

Chavez improving quickly from oblique injury | dbacks.com
Just 10 days after suffering a minor tear of his right oblique muscle, D-backs third baseman Eric Chavez said he expects to be ready to resume baseball activities in another week or so.

Puig, Dodgers aim to back Kershaw vs. D-backs | MLB.com
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig can launch home runs, gun down baserunners and leap tall buildings in a single bound. But can he give Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw a little run support? That's what Puig -- who's recorded five straight multihit games -- and the rest of the Los Angeles lineup looks to do Monday night, when the Dodgers and D-backs begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Goldschmidt creeping up NL voting leaderboard | dbacks.com
Paul Goldschmidt has crept up on the National League's All-Star ballot at first base and now is second behind Joey Votto of the Reds. In the latest voting released by Major League Baseball on Sunday, Votto has 1,569,477 votes and Goldschmidt is at 928,647.

Today in Baseball

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Those Dodgers sure are an exciting bunch!

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Well that's one way to tag out a runner I guess.

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Thanks for breaking up the no-no you jerk.

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Nothing is better than pitchers running the bases.

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