SnakeByes 8/5: Boston Series Massacre

Parra decided to "Get Miggy With It" during an at-bat. - Jared Wickerham

After a surprising turnaround from the Texas game in the opener, the D-backs lost the next 2 games against Boston and limp back home for a 9-game home-stand starting Tuesday against the Rays. Kirk Gibson, and Brandon McCarthy wrap up this seres with your Quotes of the Day.

Quotables

They pitched good, but you can't give them too much credit. We had eight singles today and didn't put anything together. We had opportunities with (runners in scoring position) and not good at-bats.

Maybe I'll tinker with some stuff some more, play some different people. The players need to reflect on what we need to do and play a little differently when we get home.

- Kirk Gibson

There's not a lot of true free swingers. Even the ones that are more free swingers are still quality enough hitters that they're not easy outs. They still foul balls off, they hit you, they make you work for it, so it's a little tough when you're on a short pitch count.

- Brandon McCarthy

Diamondbacks Daily

McCarthy, D-backs drop series finale to Red Sox | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks' hitters didn't shine with runners on base, and right fielder Gerardo Parra couldn't handle the sun very well, either. Felix Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Righty gives up two runs over 4 1/3 frames; offense held in check | MLB.com
For a pitcher making his first start after a lengthy stay on the disabled list, the Red Sox are not an ideal team to face. Boston grinds out at-bats and in the process grinds down even the best of pitchers, much less one on the comeback trail.

Offense silenced by Boston Red Sox | azcentral.com
Felix Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Didi Gregorius’ struggles continue | azcentral.com
Gregorius struck out all four times he came to the plate Friday and he punched out twice more Sunday, giving him six in seven at-bats.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ relief pitching options grow | azcentral.com
It has been more than three weeks since the Diamondbacks’ bullpen blew a save, and two of their formerly struggling relievers, Heath Bell and J.J. Putz, have posted considerably better results in recent outings.

Needing roster spot, Sipp optioned to Triple-A Reno | dbacks.com
The D-backs optioned left-handed reliever Tony Sipp to Triple-A Reno on Sunday to make room on the roster for starter Brandon McCarthy. Sipp was supposed to be the team's left-handed specialist, but he has actually proven to be more effective against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .210 mark while lefties have hit .250 against him. Unfortunately for Sipp, the acquisition of Thatcher made him expendable. Expect him to be picked up off waivers very soon.

Familiar faces to open two-game series at Chase Field | MLB.com
There will be a bit of deja vu at Chase Field on Tuesday when the Rays and D-backs open up a brief two-game Interleague series. If the pitching matchup between Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Miley sounds familiar, it's because the two 26-year-olds just faced each other less than a week ago in Florida

Pennington's left foot sore after plunking | dbacks.com
Shortstop Cliff Pennington was out of the lineup Sunday, one day after being hit on his left foot by a pitch.

Running hot and cold; farm report; & other stuff | azcentral.com
Nick Piecoro describes this team perfectly. They are waiting for a stretch run to happen with little reason to believe that big run is in them.

Today in Baseball

Poor Kansas City
Can't catch a break in the A.L. Central.

Pirate Bros.
Making sure your booty call with the bench goes through.

JoseVerasclowning
Oh hey this guy was available from the Astros.

MANNY RAMIREZ UPDATE
He's still in AAA.

Puig made a cool catch
And with the Dodgers luck, this was ruled an out.

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