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Christian Petersen

The Diamondbacks close out the first full season of the month tonight hoping to garner their ninth victory of the season; lifting them to a 48-win pace on the year.

Quick Quotes

"I feel we have their support but I would imagine that they're evaluating things as we're evaluating things," Towers says. "Hopefully we have their continued support and they are patient enough with this club to where ... we turn it around."

-Kevin Towers

"We had a ton of opportunities," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. We left 11 guys on. Regardless, we had our opportunities. The guys battled their tails off tonight."

-Kirk Gibson

"I believe in their ability, these guys are trying," he said. "I don't doubt one guy in the clubhouse that they're going out there and giving everything they have. It just happens to be that the first five weeks of the season -- we've just had a horrible, horrible April."

-Kevin Towers

Daily Digest

D'backs Rally Late, Still Fall to Rox 5-4

A.J. Pollock did his best to provide some late-inning heroics by providing posting the tieing run via an 8th inning solo-shot. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, closer Addison Reed was unable to hold things for the team to have a chance in the 9th as he surrendered a home run to Colorado's Drew Stubbs. The home run surrendered by Reed was merely the last of a series of morale deflating plays in the game however, as the team also managed to load the bases in the sixth with nobody out but failed to push across a single run while Kirk Gibson turned to Roger Kieschnick to pinch hit in the frame instead of Prado or Ross. The loss was Arizona's fourth in a row.

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A badge of honor for the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks was their exceptional defensive prowess. Unfortunately, like many other aspects of Arizona's game in 2014, the defense has lost its luster, currently ranking as one of the worst in baseball.

Diamondbacks Trying to Prevent Thievery

Brandon McCarthy changed up his delivery a bit on Sunday night, which led to him picking of Jimmy Rollins, providing the Diamondbacks with only their second runner caught stealing of the season.

Record Does Not Reflect Team Talent

A frustrated Kevin Towers took to the airwaves on Wednesday to once again defend his struggling team.

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