SnakeBytes 7/12: Another Round Of Brewers

You're in the wrong neighborhood. - USA TODAY Sports

After a 2-hit performance last night against the Brewers, Martin Prado is now almost back to replacement level and is 21/60 over his last 14 games. It's nice to see him performing at the level we had expected from him when we acquired him. We hear from Wade Miley, Brad Ziegler, Martin Prado in this edition of SnakeBytes.

Quotables

Everybody knows what happened last night, and I was just trying to go as deep as possible. I was fortunate that I started feeling better at the game went along, got into a better rhythm and get through eight.

- Wade Miley

It's fun. You get a big adrenaline rush. Obviously I didn't want to start out with a hit batter and put the tying run at the plate right away. Just tried to rely on my defense, get the ground balls.

- Brad Ziegler

In that situation I was ready to attack. I was looking for a good pitch, not trying to do too much. I was trying to make sure that I stayed through the ball and thinking to the middle or the other way, and he gave me a good pitch to hit and I hit it right through the middle.

- Martin Prado

Diamondbacks Daily

Eighth-inning rally, Ziegler secure win for Miley | MLB.com
There was another meltdown by a late-inning reliever at Chase Field on Thursday night. Thankfully for the D-backs the culprit was not wearing Sedona Red. Instead it was Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who allowed a pair of runs in the eighth inning as the D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory.

D-backs rally late, hold off Brewers to end skid | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks bullpen was depleted, their players tired after a 14-inning game the night before. What they needed was a long and strong outing from Wade Miley. The left-hander didn't look as if he'd be able to give it to them early, but he sure finished strong. Miley pitched eight effective innings after a shaky start and Martin Prado lined a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning, helping the D-backs end a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Thursday night.

Amid closer crisis, Ziegler comes through for D-backs
Another day, another closer. If only for one night, side-arming Brad Ziegler stepped into a ninth-inning role Thursday and earned the save that secured a much-needed win for the Diamondbacks, a 5-3 victory over the Brewers.

D-backs seeking answers to bullpen struggles
After the Diamondbacks bullpen blew its league-leading 19th save against the Dodgers on Wednesday in a game in an eventual 14-inning loss, manager Kirk Gibson remained at the park until 1:30 a.m. General manager Kevin Towers stayed until 3 a.m. Both were trying to figure out the D-backs' next move. After getting swept by the Dodgers and watching their NL West lead shrink to 1 1/2 games, the Diamondbacks are searching for answers to a continually disappointing bullpen.

Corbin looks to repeat history against Brewers | MLB.com
Patrick Corbin opened his breakout 2013 season against the Brewers. On Friday night, the D-backs left-hander can craft a fitting first-half bookend against Milwaukee in the second meeting of a four-game series at Chase Field. Corbin carries a much higher profile now than he did on April 6, when he held the Brewers to two runs over six innings at Miller Park. At that time, he was coming off a rookie season that saw him post a 4.54 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. The 23-year-old is now a National League All-Star with a 10-1 record and a 2.40 ERA that ranks fifth in the NL.

D-backs searching for answers with bullpen | dbacks.com
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson were at Chase Field until the wee hours of the morning following Wednesday's 14-inning loss to the Dodgers, discussing the topic that is clearly on the minds of Arizona fans: What can be done about the struggling bullpen?

Changes coming in the bullpen?; farm report; & other stuff | azcentral.com
Through the first 91 games of the season, Josh Collmenter arguably has been his team’s best reliever, but he didn’t make his first appearance in the Diamondbacks’ biggest series of the season until the 10th inning on Wednesday night. There seems to be something wrong with this, especially after watching the Diamondbacks’ bullpen fall apart again in 7-5, 14-inning loss to the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

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