SnakeBytes 4/28: Not a Good Phight

What do you mean I'm a 3rd baseman? - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

An amazing start from Brandon McCarthy was squandered as the offense failed to show up against the Phillies. The 8-20 D-backs face the 14-12 Rockies at home for a 3 game set starting tonight.

Quotables

The game was big for me, I wanted to stop giving up runs. Towards the end I knew the strikeouts were kind of piling up. When I came up through the Minor Leagues I always struck a lot of guys out and I had a running total. I felt today I was executing and was able to punch guys out. It's been a thing the last few years where I haven't been able to put guys away the way I like to.

- Brandon McCarthy on his pitching performance

I thought he threw very well. Some of the guys commented that the ball looked small coming out of his hand just because of his size and his delivery, which is kind of interesting. He had a real good cut-fastball and a mixture of pitches. We were fortunate to get the early runs off of him and allow A.J. to do his thing.

- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg on Brandon McCarthy

It's been pretty good, been much better. We just need to get synced up and play a total game in all aspects of the game. We haven't been able to do that. If it's a tight game, we have to find a way to win it.

- Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson about the rotation

Utley's going to third and Marlon Byrd runs hard so that was the best play right there. If I just throw that ball a couple of inches to the right then we've got him. It was my fault right there.

- Chris Owings on his throwing error

Daily D-backs

Quiet bats squander McCarthy's career day | MLB.com
Brandon McCarthy struck out a career-high 12 batters on a glorious Sunday afternoon at Chase Field, but it wasn't good enough. And that seems to sum up the entire first 28 games of the D-backs' 8-20 season.

Diamondbacks see positives in loss to the Phillies | azcentral.com
The ensuing three-game win streak didn't right the season, but it seems to have done wonders for the clubhouse mood. Because even after a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday — a game in which Arizona fell to 8-20 and spoiled an oh-so-rare quality start from its starting pitcher for the second day in a row — the Diamondbacks were still able to see the bright side.

Gibson: Martin Prado puts too much pressure on self | azcentral.com
Considering the error was charged to Owings, it's easy to hold him responsible for what went wrong. But Prado was off the bag on third and maybe that doesn't matter much, especially in this case when the run turned out to be unnecessary insurance, but the play was still emblematic of Prado's recent struggles in the field.

Ross OK easing back; Gibson, Bowa and a torn shirt| dbacks.com
- Manager Kirk Gibson said he intends to spot Ross and not push him too much. Ross couldn't disagree. - "It was definitely a player," Gwynn said. "I'm not going to tell you who it was, but he noticed it during batting practice. We just weren't sure if we were going to use it."

Miley, Morales square off in southpaw showdown | MLB.com
The D-backs and the Rockies haven't played since the home opening series in Colorado and a lot has happened since the first weekend of April. The two teams meet for the first time this season at Chase Field with the opener of a three-game series on Monday. The Rockies, after winning two out of three in Los Angeles this weekend, are 14-12, tied for second with the Dodgers and only 1 1/2 games behind the Giants, who are atop the National League West.

Around the MLB

Matt Kemp Used Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" As His Walk-Up Music | Deadspin.com
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whose ethnic background became a topic of discussion in the Donald Sterling audio portion we released earlier today, responded to the controversy in a subtle, but remarkable way: by changing his walk-up music at Dodger Stadium to Michael Jackson's "Black Or White."

Garza to Samardzija: Not your fault | ESPN Chicago
Matt Garza had some friendly advice for Jeff Samardzija, saying his former teammate needs to pitch your way out of there if he doesn't want to stay with the Chicago Cubs.

Baseball's Many Physical Dimensions | Visual.ly
The project that spawned THIRTY81 was a personal exploration of the various dimensions of Major League Ballparks.

In honor of Star Wars Day coming up, he's a weird jersey you might see | Imgur

Baseball Is Finally Remembering How Good Albert Pujols Can Be | FiveThirtyEight
Fame can be fickle in sports, especially for the rare player skilled (and fortunate) enough to cash in big on his athletic talents. Five years ago, Albert Pujols was baseball’s most marketable superstar. But one massive contract and two disappointing seasons later, that goodwill had faded. Until this week, that is. Pujols belted his 499th and 500th career home runs Tuesday night, and the milestones seemed to remind fans of what he once was, and maybe still can be.

And lastly, Scott Carroll.

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