Quotes of the Day
“We’ve got a good feel around here. We lost last night, but we didn’t play a bad game. You get a performance like (Tuesday), that puts us in good shape for (Wednesday).”
“I think if you look at all the numbers, that was his most dominating performance.”
Call upon again to provide a much-needed solid start, Patrick Corbin delivered (and then some). The young lefty made possibly his strongest start to date, tossing a complete game. Throughout much of the game, the score remained locked at 1-0 in favor of the Diamondbacks. That is until Paul Goldschmidt hit his franchise-record 3rd grand slam of the year, giving Corbin some breathing room.
From Nick Piecoro, a nice profile on Diamondbacks rookie Matt Davidson. Coming from the Los Angeles area, you would think Matt Davidson would root for the Dodgers or Angels. Not so. Davidson, who as a young pitcher admired Randy Johnson, has always been a Diamondbacks fan. Jeff Mousser, a Diamondbacks area scout, noted the incongruity of a Southern California kid rooting for Arizona during a visit to Davidson's home before the 2009 draft. “I remember his face lighting up,” Mousser said. “I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ He goes, ‘You won’t believe what I have in my room.’ He had D-Backs stuff all over his room. It was posters of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. I was like, ‘You’re in Southern California. Nobody’s doing that.’”
More from Nick Piecoro. It seems Paul Goldschmidt never breaks the humble superstar character he's presented over the course of his career. Kirk Gibson recalls what Goldschmidt said to Patrick Corbin immediately after hitting his big grand slam Tuesday Night. “He said, ‘Way to start it off. We couldn’t have done it without you,’” Gibson said. “Everybody’s trying to congratulate him, but that’s true to Goldy’s form.”
Brandon McCarthy takes the mound tonight for the Snakes against ASU product Mike Leake and the Reds.
Around the League
Dempster was suspended 5 games for plunking A-Rod.
Xander Bogaerts, the much-hyped short stop prospect, made his debut for the Red Sox. Fangraphs draws parallels between Bogaerts and some elite major leaguers.
The NL MVP race is too close to call. If the Diamondbacks sneak into the playoffs, it's got to be Goldschmidt right?
A handy flow chart to keep track of Alex Rodriguez's never ending legal saga. I believe Wendy Thurm is an attorney because all national baseball writers are, or were at one point, attorneys.