Another game, another bad outing. They allowed three more runs in three innings last night, to raise the ERA to 6.49. Are their arms tired, or is there something more significantly wrong with the Diamondbacks relief corps? It's one of the topics covered in the recaps, which you'll find after the jump. There's also info on Edwin Jackson, Reynolds, a hot-hitting catcher in the minor-league system, official scorer murky goings-on in San Diego, and a couple of games elsewhere in the National League last night, that could fairly be described as "somewhat memorable."
And still, no eels.
- [Yahoo!] Hundley, Correia lead Padres over Diamondbacks 5-0 - "Last year, I had to have surgery after the season, and I know I had to battle through the season to get through it," Benson said. "I don’t feel like I’m 100 percent back yet, but I feel pretty good where I am right now."
- [AZCentral] Arizona Diamondbacks shut out by San Diego Padres, drop series - "When stuff like this happens, you hope that there are two or three guys in the order to kind of even it out, who are holding their own still, but it seems like everybody's hit the skids," catcher Chris Snyder said.
- [dbacks.com] D-backs blanked despite Benson's effort - "I don't feel like I'm 100 percent back yet, but I feel pretty good where I'm at right now," Benson said. "I think I have a couple more mph in my shoulder. I just have to get into a routine and get out there every five days and be in one spot, and just get into a routine. That's what it all boils down to."
- [Gaslamp Ball] Padres win two in a row, shut out the Snakes 5-0 - "Can somebody post photos of their Eckstein bobblehead doing something funny? That would make Happy Dex more Happy."
News and Notes
- [dbacks.com] Hinch OK with baserunners' aggressiveness - "When he's going to his left or going to his right, we talked about challenging Blanks," Hinch said. "Those plays are aggressive. I don't mind those plays. They are momentum swings. If we're safe there, it puts their defense in a bind. But the fact that they were out squashed a little momentum that we could have had. I'll take the aggressiveness."
- [AZCentral] Reynolds playing solid defense at third base - "I've got to do something to help us win because I ain't hitting," Reynolds said.
- [dbacks.com] D-backs alter roster to add Benson - As expected, Vasquez sent to Reno, and Webb moved to the 60-day DL. He is eligible to come off on May 25.
- [AZCentral] Edwin Jackson makes strides in latest start - "That's something we talked about and worked on in his side (session) – improving his concentration and not trying to do too much too early in games," (Mel) Stottlemyre said. "Basically, slow his mind and his body down and allow himself to make pitches and stay away from high pitch counts."
- [al.com] Schmidt catching on for Mobile, leads BayBears to win over Barons - "Konrad Schmidt is making the transition to Double-A look as routine as a catcher throwing back to the mound after a pitch." He went 3-for-3 with a home run to lead Mobile, 5-0 over Birmingham. He tops the team in BA (.455) and has all three home-runs hit by the BayBears this year.
- [SignOnSanDiego.com] Official scorer reverses call after further review - A very revealing piece on dubious shenanigans that went on to get the San Diego scorer to change a decision, and cut Jon Garland's ERA from 5.40 to 3.60...
- [Purple Row] Rockies 4, Braves 0: No-No for Ubaldo! - "Ubaldo Jimenez is obviously a member of a superior alien race come to dominate the baseball galaxy. I for one welcome our new overlords."
- [Amazin' Avenue] Mets 2, Cardinals 1: Twenty Is Plenty - "The Mets managed to win the game despite some questionable managerial decision-making, underwhelming offensive production, and a bullpen that spent the better part of 13 innings getting in and out of trouble." AA got over 4,000 comments in their GDT. That'll give us something to shoot for...
- [ESPN] Aroldis Chapman of Cincinnati Reds takes loss in second Triple-A outing - "Cuban pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman struggled with his command and took the loss in his second minor league start for the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate."
- [MLB FanHouse] Alex Rodriguez Passes Mark McGwire on Home Run List - How appropriate. One steroid cheat overtaking another.