"Today, I didn't feel sharp at all," McCarthy said. "I didn't feel strong. It was one of those ones that you have to battle through. I've found that over the course of a season these are the ones I've really struggled to get though. I was at least able to stay closer to it where you're not going haywire in any way. That's good, and I think that's a positive sign that, even on a day where I don't feel great, I can kind of push through that and stay through it mechanically and get some decent results."
"We should have had a lot more runs."
"I guess he hung that pitch on the bounce."
Miguel Montero on Dickerson hitting a double off a pitch bounced in the dirt
Daily Diamondback Digest
Brandon McCarthy threw 72/89 pitches for strikes in allowing only 2 runs over six innings of work, while also notching his first big league hit, a single up the middle with two outs in the fourth inning. While McCarthy's outing was not a pretty one, he did allow eleven hits, the results were such that he should have been a winner. However, the Diamondback offense was unable to push across runs despite numerous chances, and the bullpen (Will Harris) imploded, allowing five runs in the seventh inning. Adding insult to the night was the fact that the damage was sparked by a double by that Corey Dickerson slapped to right field on a pitch that bounced up to the plate.
Related: McCarthy's first major league hit
While Putz may still return again this season, Reynolds may have to undergo the surgery he has been trying to avoid. Putz still thinks he has the stuff to close in 2014. The "Los D-back"s game is today.
The Diamondbacks colour announcer, Bob Brenly, who is regularly pilloried for destroying Oscar Villareal's arm through overuse, talks about the tough position Kirk Gibson is in when it comes to whether or not to pitch Patrick Corbin anymore this season.
Tom Verducci looks at the evolution of defense in recent years and points out that even the "all bat" guys are actually not all that bad defensively, while the elite defenders may not get nearly as much credit as they deserve.
Another look at the possible candidates for the MVP, Cy Young, and ROY in each league has some interesting names to consider.
The Highlight Reel
Ho-hum, number 50
Sometimes you just tip your cap
From deep in the hole
You're not supposed to get doubles when you swing at a spiked pitch
Showing off his
Parrazooka arm in center field.