Snakebytes, 4/15: Blood red edition

By Steev from Wollongong, Australia (Lunar Eclipse) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Even a rare lunar phenomenon couldn't get the Diamondbacks a win, as they sunk to their fourth consecutive loss, and are now 1-9 in home games, including the two Sydney contests. The game did see the major-league debut of Mike Bolsinger, who'll replace Trevor Cahill at the weekend.

Recaps

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks drop series opener to Mets - Neither Bolsinger nor Collmenter had encouraging results Monday, giving up a combined 11 hits and five runs over seven innings. Most distressingly, they walked four batters and needed 149 pitches to get through those seven frames. The Diamondbacks have had trouble going deep in games, and the two new rotation members will need to do better to change that.

[dbacks.com] D-backs fall to Mets in Collmenter's first start - "I felt good," Collmenter said. "Inefficient, which didn't allow me to go as deep in the game as I wanted to. I threw too many pitches the first handful of innings, but overall, I felt pretty good. I hit a lot of my spots. They fouled some pitches off. I just didn't get outs early. I made a lot of pitches. I was happy with my command for the most part. There were a couple pitches out over the plate that they hit, but other than that, I was pretty happy with it."

[ArizonaSports] Collmenter can't stop bleeding, D-backs extend skid - "Not good enough," Gibson said when asked how he thought Collmenter pitched. "He wasn't able to get balls where he wanted them. Balls were up in the zone and out over the plate. They swung the bats well, too. Duda did a good job. We had a ball on the outside part of the plate and he hit up the middle. The next one he got it just by Hilly. That's just kind of frustrating. Overall, we asked him to do a lot. After one start and 73 pitches, I didn't think he was really in sync, but he went out there and busted his tail."

Cahill to the pen

[FOX Sports] Diamondbacks send Trevor Cahill to bullpen in another rotation move - "I think Archie still needs more time down there, as well I don't think it is a proper environment for him with what's going on with the ballclub," Towers said. "I think throwing him in here, he would be viewed as a savior. If we were playing a little better baseball, maybe. Right now, I don't want to put that on him. One thing that we like and we need is somebody who knows how to throw strikes, and Bolsinger, one thing he has always done is limit walks. Bo still sometimes can be a little erratic. We need innings."

[ArizonaSports] D-backs hope Trevor Cahill can ‘work things out' in bullpen - "I've never seen this guy not pitch well," Towers said of Bolsinger. "I've seen him in Visalia, I've seen him in Mobile and this spring he had a good spring for us. He reminds me a lot of [Josh] Collmenter. If you're a scout, you're probably not going to turn him in because he doesn't light up the gun. But, the results are always there. He stays off the barrel of the bat. He's got probably one of the better curveballs in our organization. He can throw it any time in the count. He's got no fear. He's a strike thrower."

[AZ Central] Mike Bolsinger moves to rotation; Cahill to bullpen - "I think Cahill needs to get in the bullpen for some time and work some things out," said Kevin Towers. "This is not short term. This is hopefully long term and hopefully successful." "We're behind Trevor; he knows that," Kirk Gibson said. "Sometimes the more you think about things, it can complicate things, and it's a delicate situation to try and do that without brain-locking."

[dbacks.com] D-backs move struggling Cahill to bullpen, Bolsinger called up - "I throw a cut fastball like Mariano Rivera," Bolsinger said. "Not as good, obviously - I wish it could be - but really that's what I pitch off of and I have a curveball, too, but really I try to establish my fastball and it's been getting a lot of groundouts, so I'm going to keep going with that plan. It's been working in Triple-A. I know this is the big leagues, but just keep going with what's working for you. I'm not going to be the guy that's going to throw 95 past you. I'm going to try and outsmart you on the mound and hit my spots."

Other team news

[Fox Sports[ Diamondbacks, agent spar over promotion of top pitching prospect Bradley - "I think it's very apparent what is going on in Arizona," Bradley's agent, Jay Franklin, told FOX Sports on Monday night. "Every ballplayer that is playing minor league baseball works his tail off to get an opportunity to play in the big leagues. "Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues."

[AZ Central[] Kirk Gibson slips Martin Prado down in lineup - Prado said he feels just fine and took exception when asked before the game if he felt he's been fighting himself at all. "Fighting myself? What do you mean, fighting? I've been feeling great, man," he said. "I know the results don't show that, but I'm positive. … I'm moving on so it doesn't matter where I'm hitting. People doubting, I don't let those people bring me down. I'm moving forward."

[dbacks.com] D-backs to celebrate life of Jackie Robinson this Tuesday - The Diamondbacks will celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson with a series of events on Tuesday, April 15 when the D-backs host the New York Mets at 6:40 PM. The homestand, which begins tonight, will be highlighted by a first-time Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Travel Exhibit, "They Were All-Stars."

And elsewhere

[LAMag.com] Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers - "The gamble of getting here, the perils and compromises of leaving Cuba to perform for American fans, did not end when Puigmania began. It has followed him, as similar crossings have haunted other Cuban defectors, exposing the pipeline that both exploits and indulges MLB’s appetite for new talent." [Hat-tip: PR151 and Donny Baarns]

[The Daily News Online] Scott DeSmit: Just give me a kid who can play the game - This piece was picked by Deadspin as the worst baseball column. In a rare occurrence, I find myself in agreement with Deadspin. The piece begins, "Computers have ruined baseball and Sports Illustrated. This is what I need to know and what I want to know: What’s the guy’s batting average, how many dingers has he hit and how many runs he batted in."

[Tampa Bay Times] Rays' Matt Moore out for season - There goes another one... "Moore told the Tampa Bay Times after Monday night's game of his decision to have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, saying the discomfort he felt during an afternoon throwing session made it clear he could not pitch with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament."

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