SnakeBytes 7/21: Slumping out of the Gates

That is not the kind of hug I wanted Hunter. - Thearon W. Henderson

Boy that is some dreadful ball we're watching right now huh? After going into the break with 3 wins out of 4 against the Brewers, the D-Backs have dropped the first 2 and need a win today against the always tough Madison Bumgarner to avoid losing 1st place in the division.

Quotables

Goldy's been carrying us all year. It's part of the game, those things happen. They're fortunate to get through him. He's got to just suck it up tomorrow and come back. It'd be nice if somebody else would pick him up.

- Kirk Gibson

This division, nobody seems to want to run away with it. It's there for the taking.

- Cody Ross

I don't know if we're desperate, but we have to do a better job. 2-for-12 tonight, we left 13 runners on. We had one extra-base hit and had opportunities, but we just didn't capitalize on them.

Daily Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks come up short again to the San Francisco Giants | azcentral.com
Giants first baseman Buster Posey hit a two-run home run as the Diamondbacks fell 4-3 to San Francisco at AT&T Park. "I was trying to throw it in," Collmenter said. "Not down and in, but belt line in, try to jam him and get him to pop it up somewhere or hit a ground ball or something like that."

D-backs frustrated by lost opportunities vs. Giants | MLB.com
With a 2-for-12 performance with runners in scoring position, the D-backs have now achieved a hit in that situation just three times in their last 29 opportunities. In a sign of desperation, Gerardo Parra attempted an eighth-inning squeeze bunt with men on the corners and two outs while down two runs. The bunt went foul, and Parra eventually grounded out to end the inning.

D-backs look to avoid sweep, stay atop division | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks will counter with Randall Delgado (1-3, 3.92), who has posted quality starts in five of his six outings. He limited San Francisco to just a solo homer by Ross in a 2-1 win with Atlanta on Aug. 16, 2011, his only previous outing against the Giants.

Searching for answers against Bumgarner | MLB.com
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he is approaching the start of the second half with a plan to involve his reserves as much as possible. On Saturday, he sat shortstop Didi Gregorius in favor of Cliff Pennington.

D-backs playing it safe with Chavez's hip | dbacks.com
Eric Chavez's ailing hip has improved to the point where the D-backs think he can play, but the club is being cautious to prevent an aggravation. But with the D-backs struggling to hit, is it the right call?

Harris impressing in relief for D-backs | dbacks.com: News
Since the D-backs claimed Will Harris off waivers from Colorado in April, the 28-year-old right-hander has become a key component out of manager Kirk Gibson's bullpen. Harris' 1.82 ERA and 11.68 strikeouts per nine innings are tops among D-backs pitchers, and it hasn't gone unnoticed.

Clutch hitting scarce of late for Arizona Diamondbacks | azcentral.com
The Diamondbacks had just one opportunity to score on Friday night and did not come through with a hit. And like most teams, they do not fare well when they don’t register at least a few hits with runners in scoring position.

Today in Baseball

Umpires just make you feel so silly these days
And as a rookie manager, Bo Porter gets no respect.

This will probably be play of the year
1. It's the Yankees 2. It's a Catcher 3. They're facing the Red Sox

Manny Machado defense
Just remember he's supposed to be a shortstop.

Manny Machado 2013 First Half Defense | YouTube
Manny Machado is still pretty good at defense.

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