Snake Bytes 4/5: Black(mon) Eye Edition

Doug Pensinger

Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies had their way with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon, trouncing them by a score of 12-2.

Quick Quotes

"He had a good day," Gibson said. "One he'll never forget, I'm sure. Got to give him credit. We'll have to do something different than we did today with him."

-Kirk Gibson on Charlie Blackmon

"Fastball command is essential to everybody," Gibson said. "Randall couldn't do it. We were trying to get the ball to certain places and we couldn't get it there. The Rockies made us pay for it."

-Kirk Gibson on Randal Delgado's rough day

"I think they were good pitches," Delgado said. "Maybe a few hits were up in the zone, but that's how the game is. They hit the ball. I can't complain about how I threw today. I felt like I threw the ball like I wanted, but it happened."

-Randal Delgado on his struggles against Colorado

"Things are not going well for us right now," third baseman Martin Prado said. "But I'm not worried about that. I just don't want to see people around panicking. It's only one week."

-Martin Prado on the team starting 1-6

Daily Digest

Colorado Rocks Diamondbacks Behind Monster Day for Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon went 6 for 6 with a home run and three doubles, scoring four times and driving in five. Randal Delgado gave up six runs in only four innings of work, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, after the game was already getting away. The Diamondbacks' bullpen continued to struggle as well, also managing to give up six runs in only four innings of work, only J.J. Putz managing to throw a scoreless inning. Charlie Blackmon also stole a base on a play in which Martin Prado wound up with a lacerated finger and was forced to leave the game. On the plus side, Mark Trumbo hit his third homer of the season and Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 26 games.

McCarthy, Diamondbacks Looking for Better Results

Brandon McCarthy's first outing was much better than his eventual line showed. McCarthy hopes he can build on the outing and avoid leaving the team in a tough spot when he exits. The Diamondback bullpen is looking for redemption after allowing McCarthy's last outing go to waste and turning in a number of poor outings since, including a six run, four inning outing in the series opener against Colorado.

Cody Ross makes Minor League Rehab Start

The Diamondbacks' outfielder went 2 for 2 in his first rehab game in Reno. Ross is expected to be in Reno for 7-10 games before being cleared to rejoin the big club.

Owings, Goldschmidt, and Other Diamondback News

Chris Owings has been experiencing early success at the plate while remaining very open to continued instruction. Paul Goldschmidt now has a 26-game hitting streak, the Diamondbacks are trying not to panic about their poor start, and another outfield bat has been added to Reno.

Paul Goldschmidt 1 on 1 with Bob Brenly

Bob briefly discusses expectations for the upcoming season with Paul Goldschmidt.

Around MLB


Miguel Cabrera Homers for Hit Number 2,000

Miguel Cabrera entered Friday afternoon's contest needing four hits to reach 2,000 for his career. He decided to get them all out of the way in one game and to put an exclamation mark on the achievement by crushing a home run to left field for his 2,000th hit.

Nationals' Payroll is "Topped-out"

With a payroll in excess of $134 million, the Washington Nationals entered Opening Day with the ninth highest payroll in baseball. The owner says there likely isn't anymore to be had unless revenue streams can be increased.

Do Veteran Closers Save Teams Money?

A number of eyebrows were raised on Opening Day when the Milwaukee Brewers turned to veteran closer and set-up man Francisco Rodriguez to close out the game instead of the teams young 2013 closer, Jim Henderson.

The Cost of Poor Starts

The folks over at Fangraphs have developed a tool that tracks the change in playoff probability for each team in baseball that demonstrates just how deep the Diamondbacks are digging themselves by going 1-6 instead of 3-4 as they likely should be.

Can Can't-Miss Prospects Be Easily Identified?

A great deal of debate has been had in the Snakepit over the departure of numerous young prospects and players. Carson Cistulli looks at some key combinations of tools that can be evaluated when determining just how likely a player is to be an impact player that might be cherished (or missed).

Canada's First Baseman

Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds' star first baseman has only popped up on the infield only three times in the last four years. He has managed some other impressive numbers as well.

Video Highlights

Miguel Cabrera Goes Deep for Hit Number 2,000

Masahiro Tanaka Makes MLB Debut

Giancarlo Stanton Goes to the Budweiser Bar

Eric Young Denies Brandon Phillips of a Round-tripper

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