SnakeBytes 9/6: Giant Obstacle to Playoffs

Elevator going up! - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After a terrible home stand, the D-backs played well in the opener in San Francisco which may have brought hope to their slim playoff hopes. One thing is for sure, they're going to need to continue this good play if they have any hope for postseason play.

Quotables

I'm ready for anything. When the game is tied and I can throw someone out, I love that. I'm always waiting for a guy running.

During BP I worked on seeing the cutoff and throwing through him. I'm happy when I can do what I did and the team wins.

Gerardo Parra

There's not a better arm in baseball. He's as accurate as anyone in the outfield making those throws. It's impressive how well he throws.

Bruce Bochy

Diamondbacks Daily

D-backs use big fifth inning to take down Giants | FoxSportsArizona.com
Cahill (6-10) won his third straight decision since coming off the disabled list. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings while walking four and striking out three.

D-backs ride Parra's arm, four-run frame to victory | mlb.com
Gerardo Parra made sure Trevor Cahill was a winner and gave Paul Goldschmidt a chance to feel good about his offensive contribution. Goldschmidt saw a couple of pitches to hit and he didn't miss them Thursday night, driving in a pair of runs to snap a slump and help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-2.

D-backs' run at playoffs must first go through Giants | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks had enough trouble with the Giants last weekend, losing two of three games at Chase Field, and now their longtime nemesis is on a bit of a roll as a disappointing season winds down. The Giants hit six home runs a 13-5 victory in San Diego on Thursday have won six of their last 11 entering a four-game series against the D-backs at AT&T Park. Since the Diamondbacks took the NL West title from the Giants in 2011, the match has tilted toward the Bay Area. San Francisco has won the last four of the five series this season and has won the last five at Chase Field.

Gerardo Parra’s dominant defense; farm report; & other stuff | AZCentral.com
Parra had a dominating performance in right field against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. He recorded two outfield assists, should have had a third and made yet another strong throw to third base on a Pablo Sandoval triple in the fourth inning.

D-backs' walkoff celebration continues to grow | foxsportsarizona.com
Bloomquist's walk-off hit brings celebratory mix of dirt, water, bubble gum, Gatorade ... and bananas.

D-backs looking to give Owings start soon | dbacks.com
Chris Owings understands his situation as a September callup and appreciates the opportunity just to be in the D-backs' clubhouse. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson wants to get him a little more involved and said his time may come this weekend against the Giants.

Gibson tossed after disputed play at home | dbacks.com: News
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was ejected from the D-backs' game with the San Francisco Giants for arguing a call by home-plate umpire Ton Hallion in the fourth inning Thursday.

D-backs get another crack at solving Petit | MLB.com
Yusmeiro Petit surely won't sneak up on the D-backs this time. Five days after Petit struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings in Arizona, the Giants right-hander faces the Snakes again Friday night at AT&T Park.

Today in Baseball

The last pitcher to steal a base for your team | Baseball Nation
100 points if you can name the last Diamondbacks stolen base from a pitcher.

Parra flashes the leather, shows off arm | MLB.com
Not to mention the 3rd baserunner he threw out at home but they won so who cares.

Monster hit at the plate for Brandon Douglas of the Erie Seawolves | imgur.com
He's been suspended in College Football and the fined in the NFL for targeting.

The Nine-Man Defense | FanGraphs Baseball
Have you ever realized that with the bases empty, the catcher isn't needed except with 3 balls or 2 strikes?

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