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SnakeBytes, May 15th: [Insert Sarcastic Remark Here]

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So, the bullpen blows, not one, but two leads. I'm just glad I didn't bother hanging around after the first one. Recaps are below, though you can probably make those up yourself, without bothering to read them. Other stuff after the jump

  • [dbacks.com] 'Pen unable to keep D-backs' lead in Atlanta - "As the D-backs closer stared in at Martin Prado with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, he thought for sure he was going to get a double-play ball to end it. Like a lot of things for the D-backs this year, it did not go as envisioned."
  • [AZCentral] Diamondbacks falter late again - "It turns out the club's relievers actually are dependable: Give them a close lead late in a game and they'll churn out a loss. The Diamondbacks tested that outcome Friday night - with not one lead but with two - and the pen imploded both times en route to a crushing 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field."
  • [Yahoo!] Prado's single in 9th lifts Braves over Arizona - "It’s really disappointing," Qualls said. "I felt like we were in control of the game. There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win the game," Qualls said. "I felt like I threw good pitches the whole inning."
  • [Talking Chop] Braves Come From Behind to Beat Arizona - "Billy Wagner hung a few pitches and got dinged for a run in the top half of the ninth inning, so the D-Backs brought on their closer Chad Qualls. No really, he's their closer."

Other News and Notes

  • [dbacks.com] Strikeouts piling up for D-backs' Upton - "It's going to be part of his game, but it shouldn't be dominating his game like it is now," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "It all comes down to pitch selection. Right now, at least the last two weeks, even when he's scratched out his hits, he's been a little late on the fastball -- a little early on the breaking ball, which is a vicious cycle to get out of."
  • [D'Backs' Venom] Diamondbacks are only 6-10 when they get a Quality Start; average NL team wins 2 out of 3 - Pretty much speaks for itself.
  • [AZCentral] Valdez could switch to relief role - "The club appears to be considering using him in relief for more than just this weekend against the Braves. Manager A.J. Hinch said Valdez might be needed out of the bullpen multiple times in the coming days, which would make him unavailable for Tuesday. But Hinch also said there are other pitchers the team is considering for the rotation."
  • [dbacks.com] Montero jogs on field for first time since injury - "It was just an easy jog," he said. "Did some side-to-sides, jogged a little backwards. It feels really good, actually. Obviously, it was just at a nice and easy pace, but it was nice to get out there."
  • [ajc.com] Former Brave Kelly Johnson returns to Atlanta - "The Diamondbacks second baseman caught a red-eye flight from Arizona following Wednesday’s game. He wanted to see his wife, Lauren, and six-month old son, Cole, before opening a three-game series against his former Braves team at Turner Field on Friday. It was the first time he’d been home since leaving for spring training."
  • [dbacks.com] Strikeouts piling up for D-backs' Upton - "It's going to be part of his game, but it shouldn't be dominating his game like it is now," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "It all comes down to pitch selection. Right now, at least the last two weeks, even when he's scratched out his hits, he's been a little late on the fastball -- a little early on the breaking ball, which is a vicious cycle to get out of."
  • {AZCentral] High school finale not what St. Mary's softball star Dallas Escobedo wanted - "Escobedo, who will head to Arizona State this fall to play for coach Clint Myers, isn't just the most-dominant amateur athlete in the Valley. ESPN ranks her as the No. 1 high school softball player in the country. Her numbers in the postseason before Friday were ridiculous: A 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. One of those victories was a perfect game, and she had struck out 61 batters while allowing just three hits. In other words, the Diamondbacks' bullpen could really use her."