SnakeBytes 6/23: June Swoon

Can of corn! Can of corn! - Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After having a better than .500 record in May, the D-backs have come back down to earth and are now 9-12 in June. This begs the question, when will the changes happen? With an off-day today, this could be the day we've all been waiting for.

Quotables

You're just hoping you can hang in there and get to a guy like Bumgarner. He was exceptional. This may be the best I've ever seen him.

- Kirk Gibson

We finally were able to break through a little bit against them that last inning, get two guys on. But Romo came in and did a good job for them.

- Paul Goldschmidt

Daily D-backs

Bolsinger stellar, but Bumgarner better | MLB.com
The D-backs came up on the wrong end of a starting pitchers' duel Sunday at Chase Field, losing, 4-1, and falling to 15 games under .500 -- the furthest under they've been all season. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had not allowed an earned run against the D-backs in his previous three starts against them, and that trend continued Sunday.

Trio of Giants hitters giving D-backs pitchers fits | dbacks.com
Three hitters at the top and middle of the Giants' lineup have been the bane of the D-backs pitching staff's existence the last two days entering Sunday.

Chavez gives knee a rest to reduce inflammation | dbacks.com
Eric Chavez is trying to take it easy so he can get back onto the field. The veteran D-backs third baseman has been on the disabled list since June 9 with a left knee injury, so he has been reducing the workload on his knee.

Masterson, Miley look to continue recent success | MLB.com
After struggling through most of April and May, Justin Masterson has begun turning in the type of performance Cleveland fans expected out of their Opening Day starter. Wade Miley's ERA is the lowest it's been this year, and he's continuously been better.

D-backs welcome long-awaited off-day | dbacks.com
When the D-backs wrap up the finale of their three-game series against the Giants on Sunday, they will have played 20 games in 20 days. Fortunately for them, there's a rest on the horizon. Monday is the D-backs' first off-day since June 2, and it will provide a much-needed break.

Around the MLB

Cron's great throw | MLB.com
6/22/14: C.J. Cron scoops up the ball and fires to second to catch Elvis Andrus trying to advance in the top of the 1st inning

Rule 7.13: Protecting Catchers, Hurting The Game | FanGraphs Baseball
It’s important to remember that Rule 7.13 — a.k.a. the "don’t demolish the catcher" rule — was born from good intentions. No one wanted to see the next Buster Posey or Carlos Santana suffer a serious leg injury because they got run over at the plate.

Where Do The Diamondbacks Go From Here? | Inside the 'Zona
Can we all just accept that 2014 is a lost cause, already? I’m not trying to ruin your day, but it seems like with each series win there were calls to maintain hope. Unfortunately, Arizona has gone 2-5 over their last two series, dropping three of four to the Astros and two of three to the scuffling Dodgers.

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