"He was hitting his spots," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "He was locating his fastball, he was locating his breaking ball and expanding too. He got quick outs, that's a good thing. He was throwing good first pitch with good location and he got them to swing the bat and get quick outs."
- Montero on McCarthy's outing
"It's not a big deal," he said. "It really isn't. But in my head right now it kind of sucks not being able to be out there. "If you hit homers, it helps your body out — you get to jog," he joked. "Maybe that's what I'll work on." "Hopefully, I can get over this and not have to deal with anything ever again this year," he said.
- Pollock on his injury status
The Diamondbacks allowed three runs in the ninth, but they held on to win 4-3 at Petco Park.
Brandon McCarthy got his elusive first win of the season as the D-backs beat the Padres, 4-3, Saturday night at Petco Park. The win was the third in a row for the D-backs, which matches their longest winning streak of the season and they are now 2-0 on this nine-game road trip.
Here's a look back at the narrow, one-run victory by the numbers.
In 2013, there were few better in baseball against the D-backs than right-hander Tyson Ross, who starts the series finale Sunday afternoon. Ross had a 1.96 ERA in four appearances against Arizona last season, including three starts. On July 28, he tossed eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Then, two months later, Ross limited the D-backs to one run in eight innings with six strikeouts.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson would like to get catcher Miguel Montero some rest, but he just can't bring himself to take Montero out of the lineup right now. Saturday night was his tenth straight game. Right up until he started running Saturday afternoon, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock thought he would be in that night's starting lineup. Instead Pollock was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a groin injury. D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra refused to come out of the game last Wednesday when he was smoked in the right elbow by a Rex Brothers' pitch.
A.J. Pollock believes the groin injury that sidelined him again on Saturday isn't significant, but that doesn't make it any easier for him to handle being out of the starting lineup.
GM Kevin Towers isn't sure if he'll be given enough time to watch his team turn things around. The Diamondbacks enter Sunday with an MLB-worst 11-22 record.
The Padres and D-backs have been hit particularly hard by elbow injuries to pitchers that requires Tommy John surgery, with Josh Johnson, Cory Luebke, Joe Wieland, Patrick Corbin, Daniel Hudson, Matt Reynolds and David Hernandez all in the midst of the procedure's long recovery period.
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Commissioner Bud Selig, who intends to retire when his contract ends in January 2015, made a farewell-tour stop Friday at Coors Field. In a wide-ranging interview, Selig suggested baseball has never been more popular.