SnakeBytes 7/22: Still in First

Who switched my jersey from Polyester to Cotton? - Thearon W. Henderson

We're on the right track! After finally coming through, the D-backs head home to face the Cubs for 4 games. Cody Ross, Kirk Gibson, and Didi Gregorius highlight this edition of Snakebytes.

Quotables

It wasn't a very good game on our part at all. We made some mental mistakes. We're a better ballclub than that, but we overcame that. This isn't the short road trip we wanted.

We lost the first two games here. You want to stop that as soon as possible. Delgado was a stopper today.

- Cody Ross

We're in it for the long haul. We understand there are going to be a lot of frustrations along the way and we need to play better. We're capable of playing better, cleaner baseball.

- Kirk Gibson

They wanted me to be a vegetarian for a little bit. If I wanted to stay alive, I had to do it, so I did it for about a week, a week and a half. You never know if it is going to get worse or not, so you have to change. You have to listen. They were surprised I was still walking around with no effects. They thought I was using something like steroids, so they had me tested for that. Everything came back negative. Then they found out I had a kidney malfunction. It doesn't work 100 percent every time.

- Didi Gregorius

Diamondbacks Daily

D-backs hold off Giants to avoid sweep, stay in first | foxsportsarizona.com
Thanks to Randall Delgado, excellent defense and some timely hitting, the D-backs hold off Giants 3-1 to avoid the sweep.

D-backs return home to take on struggling Cubs | foxsportsarizona.com
Coming off win over Giants, D-backs return home for four-game series with struggling Cubs. The Cubs are in the headlines again in late July, but for them, that only means that they have salable commodities available to contending teams at the trade deadline.

Kidney ailment hasn't stopped D-backs' Gregorius | foxsportsarizona.com
Gregorius remains a work in progress. He has developed into his role with even less playing time that his record indicates, because he missed about two months of the 2011 minor league season when a kidney ailment was discovered after routine testing that spring.

D-backs lament lack of extra-base hits | dbacks.com
Until Friday, the D-backs owned the Majors' longest streak of consecutive games with an extra-base hit, with 79. The Giants ended that trend Friday, and Arizona mustered just one extra-base hit in Saturday's 4-3 loss.

D-backs take advantage of Delgado's solid work | MLB.com
Randall Delgado is doing his best to make manager Kirk Gibson's upcoming decision as difficult as possible. With injured starter Brandon McCarthy set to return from the disabled list soon, Delgado's impending role with the D-backs is uncertain.

Gibson believes Parra soon will shake slump | dbacks.com
Gerardo Parra has been the spark plug atop the D-backs' lineup for much of this season, but recently he has been mired in a slump that has pervaded the clubhouse.

Cubs face D-backs with Garza slated to start | MLB.com
You probably heard the rumors. "There's an 80% chance he won't start for the Cubs on Monday". Well here it is and Chicago Manager Dale Sveum said this, "I'd say 100 percent he's going to be pitching." YCPB.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Brad Ziegler is the closer for now | azcentral.com
He stopped short of a full-fledged endorsement, but manager Kirk Gibson said that reliever Brad Ziegler is his closer for now after Ziegler earned his fourth save on Sunday.

Today in Baseball

Stats 101: Why it’s time to re-educate players in meaningful statistics | fullcount.com
Gabe Kapler can write. I like ballplayers that write.

Allen Craig is not a natural left fielder
But he makes a nice to play here to end the game.

2013 Arizona Diamondbacks | SportsLogos.Net
Wanna know if a specific uniform correlates with winning or losing? Could be cool if something actually showed up.

Pitcher Tomohiro Anraku is the future of Japanese baseball | ESPN.com
Tomohiro Anraku will throw as much as it takes to defend his nation's honor.

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