SnakeBytes 5/26: Memorial Day

Aaron Hill gets a little too fancy. - Mike Stobe

Today we remember those who sacrificed their lives to give us the freedoms we have today. From everyone here at the SnakePit, we wish you a very happy Memorial Day.

Quotables

We scored 11 runs on this trip the last six games. We're in a funk. We're not swinging the bats well at all. We didn't really give ourselves much of a chance. Our pitching was pretty decent. You can't expect to win every game 2-1.

- Kirk Gibson

When I got here, I just wanted to do exactly what I was doing down there. Just keep the same tempo, try to throw strikes, mix up pitches.

- Zeke Spruill

That's this whole road trip. We didn't really score runs any game. We were fortunate the pitching was good really every game. Two of those games we were able to win.

- Paul Goldschmidt

Daily D-backs

Game 1: Slick fielding D-backs take game from Mets | MLB.com
The opportunities came and went on Sunday, with each ending in the D-backs retreating to their dugout without a run as the missed chances continued to pile up. They finally broke through in the top of the ninth, though it wasn't because their bats finally came through in the clutch.

Game 2: D-backs can't hold early lead | MLB.com
From the manager's office to different corners of the clubhouse, the frustration was evident following a 4-2 loss to the Mets in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader. The D-backs' bats are cold -- that much is clear. How or when they'll heat back up again remains a mystery for now. If a return home is the answer, the close to this six-game road trip has come at the right time.

Hill day to day after fouling pitch off left ankle | dbacks.com
D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill left the second game of Arizona's doubleheader against the Mets for precautionary reasons after fouling a ball off his left ankle.

Ross and McCarthy duel in series debut | MLB.com
McCarthy has been lights out in four career starts against the Padres, posting a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings with three victories but Ross' 2.64 ERA ranks first in the Padres' active rotation. Ross has recorded 61 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

D-backs visit September 11 Memorial and Museum | FOX Sports on MSN

Hot starts fuel A's, but some early stars bound to fall back to earth | CBSSports.com
11. A.J. Pollock, OF, Diamondbacks (.303, 5, 11): He has been a shining light in a bleak D-Backs beginning, with five home runs, six stolen bases and a 2.2 WAR. He's the fastest guy on the team, and a very good base stealer, so it's a wonder he's often buried at or near the bottom of a generally unproductive order. He has batted leadoff 10 times total, but eventually that needs to be his spot. Staying power: 4.

Around the MLB

Hank Conger with the ninja slide

Kick-Save and a Beauty!

Cubs sign Manny Ramirez to be player-coach at Triple-A Iowa | cubs.com
The Chicago Cubs today signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa. President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who was with Ramirez for seven years in the Boston Red Sox organization, made the announcement.

Conrad Gregor Hits First Home Run Of The Season, Dad Catches It | HouseofHouston
Houston Astros prospect Conrad Gregor hit his first home run of the season for the Quad Cities RiverBandits on Saturday.

Science of Batting | SI Vault
Hitters are a vanishing breed and, as averages shrink and strikeouts soar, followers of baseball want to know why. Ted Williams, the last major-leaguer to hit .400 and perhaps the most intense student of batting the game has known, offers in this final installment of his life story some of his findings and cherished views on the art of putting a bat to a baseball.

Beer vendor catches foul ball | MLB.com
A beer vendor at Citizens Bank Park catches a foul ball hit by Carlos Ruiz in his beer bucket.

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