Quotes of the Day
"I just said to Penny (infielder Cliff Pennington ), `Let's have another Goldy party,' and then he hit it. You always think that way."
"When he came up and threw last time he wasn't as aggressive as he could be. But you could see he shortened his motion and focused on locating the ball more. I think in spring training we were looking at a guy who was more of a thrower."
You could certainly forgive the Diamondbacks for not being too optimistic entering the bottom of the 9th tied at two - late and close games haven't been kind to them lately. Fortunately, America's First Baseman doesn't concern himself with trivial things like the recent past, clubbing a walk-off homer off former-Diamondback Chad Qualls. Goldschmidt's late-game heroics, as welcomed as they were, overshadowed an excellent starting pitching performance from the recently recalled Randall Delgado. Delgado needed only 91 pitches over seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out six.
Martin Prado, whose two-run homer tied the game in the 4th inning, seems to be coming out of his season-long slump. Prado admits to getting a bit too far into his head and pushing a bit. “When things are going right, I don’t think you think too much,” Prado explained. “When you struggle and you’re going the wrong way, you start asking yourself a lot of questions that you shouldn’t be asking."
ICYMI: the D-Backs came to terms with Braden Shipley. He'll be assigned to short-season A ball. In injury news: Daniel Hudson underwent Tommy John for a second time yesterday, J.J Putz will begin a rehab assignment in Reno on Thursday, and Aaron Hill went 2 - 5 in his third rehab start with Reno.
The Diamondbacks are pegged as a potential buyer in the market for "a star."
"What I ultimately realized is that the Diamondbacks have most of the pieces they need to win their division. What they lack is presence, and what they need is a star. They just don’t have that A-list celebrity who can sell a picture. Yet, as I write this, Goldschmidt, who was recently signed to a lavish extension, hits a walk-off homer to beat the Marlins in the ninth inning."
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Jonah Keri reviews the two major prospect debuts yesterday, Zack Wheeler and Wil Myers.
I can't stop staring at this model of Wrigley.