SnakeBytes 8/23: Down But Not Out

I shouldn't have eaten that chili-dog before the game. - Jamie Sabau

After losing the series in Cincinnati, the Dbacks fly up to Philadelphia for a set against the Phillies. It's do or die time now, as they are 7 games back with only 36 games left. We'll see if they have any fight in them starting tomorrow.

Quotables

It's extremely tough. We come in here with a big win in Pittsburgh and we were flying here with high hopes. It's a good team. Guys can pitch it, they can throw it and we just ended up on the wrong side of things in three of four, so it's tough.

- Adam Eaton

We had pitched him away, away, away, and then we tried to throw one fastball in to Votto, because I saw him kind of leaning out. He just let it go and I was surprised that it didn't hit Votto. It hit the tip of my glove. I thought for sure it hit him. Choo scored there.

- Wil Nieves

This was a huge series for us. That's a real good ballclub. They fought big time. I think, honestly, it inspired me a little bit. I felt like last night they were playing like this was Game 162 and if they won it, they got in the playoffs. They really grind out some at-bats and don't go outside of their zone too much. That's a testament to the type of baseball that we can play, to go out and beat a team like that.

- Matt LeCure

Daily Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks drop key series against Cincinnati Reds | azcentral.com
Wild pitches have been an issue for the Diamondbacks this season and in particular for catcher Wil Nieves, who was on the field hours before a game earlier this week working on blocking pitches, dropping down to smother one ball after another.

Wildness costs D-backs ground in Wild Card race | mlb.com
The D-backs lead all of baseball in wild pitches. It's hard to recall one specific wild pitch that really cost them. Until, that is, Thursday afternoon. Eury De La Rosa's eighth-inning wild pitch allowed Shin-Soo Choo to score from third base with what proved to be the game-winner as the D-backs fell, 2-1, to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Reds break tie in 8th, push D-backs 7 games back | foxsportsarizona.com
Cahill allowed two hits but still faced the minimum 12 batters over his final four innings, with help from a caught stealing and a double-play ball. He credited a mechanical adjustment for his sudden turnaround.

"My front side was not in a strong position, and it was letting my arm leak out and be in position to do whatever it wanted to do," he said. "(Seven innings) was my goal the whole time. I knew my bullpen had been used up."

D-backs hoping to get back on track in Philly | mlb.com
A day after leaving Cincinnati having lost three of four games to the club they are chasing in the National League Wild Card hunt, the D-backs will head to Philadelphia to begin a weekend set against the Phillies on Friday -- 1990's Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park.

Goldschmidt's clutch gene can't be disputed | dbacks.com
Teams can go decades without finding a kid like Paul Goldschmidt. The D-backs slugger was plucked out of the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Now, four years later, he is a legit National League Most Valuable Player candidate.

Miley serves as Parra's glove whisperer | dbacks.com
D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra has one Gold Glove in his trophy case and could very well pick up a second this year. So one would expect Parra to be an expert when it comes to breaking in a new glove, but that is not the case.

NL MVP debate: Goldschmidt, McCutchen ... and Puig? | foxsportsarizona.com
The MVP award will engender its usual degree of controversy this season. The main problem with the award is the name itself. Should it go to the most valuable player, a highly subjective indicator, or the most outstanding player, a more numbers-based consideration?

Ryan Braun apologizes, says he 'lived in denial' | azcentral.com
Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, acknowledging 'serious mistakes' over the course of two years, apologized for his use of banned substances Thursday, acknowledging guilt for the first time.

Scoring-position production dropping throughout baseball | azcentral.com
The refrain has been heard in losing postgame clubhouses and manager’s offices throughout baseball this season: We had our chances, but we just couldn’t come up with that big hit.

Today in Baseball

Jason Heyward's Broken Jaw
The thing that fascinates me about baseball is Jason Heyward was ready to swing in just about every frame before he got hit in the jaw but in the last possible second he turned.

Bullpen Phone Troubles
With the Mets season on the line, Dan Warthen desperate tries to open the bullpen phone to save the day.

Sanford Koufax Scouting Report Card
"Very good prospect, also very good hitter. Has averaged 16 strike outs per game this season."

This Is The Worst Column About Yasiel Puig Until Later Today, Probably | deadspin.com
Here is CBS's Scott Miller, overtly injecting the cultural stereotyping that's lain just beneath the surface of the "hot-blooded Latino" Yasiel Puig reprimands that have shitted up the internet this week:

Park Byung-Ho shows America how to bat-flip.
5 stars out of 5. Take notes Puig.

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