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SnakeBytes 4/22: Bring on the Giants

The offense finally came alive to take their first lead of the series and the bullpen hung on to allow the D-backs to salvage a game from the Rockies in Colorado. They now face the defending World Champs in San Francisco with Wade Miley looking to continue his hot start to the season. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez try to give an explanation the offensive struggles and Kirk Gibson explains being patient with Didi Gregorius as he comes back from injury.

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OH YEAH BABY ANOTHER HOMER FOR THE RBIMACHINE oh wait he's tracking it and now he's caught it.
OH YEAH BABY ANOTHER HOMER FOR THE RBIMACHINE oh wait he's tracking it and now he's caught it.
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We’ve kind of been battling, sputtering a little, but it’s not like we’re too far off," center fielder A.J. Pollock said. "Every game it feels like we’re in it. We’ll take one and move on to San Fran and try to get something going.

-- A.J. Pollock

With Gregorius coming back like he did, we are somewhat cautious about [playing him] three consecutive days, at this point. He was available [Saturday night], but sometimes guys are available, but you try to stay away from them.

-- Gibson

We got in really late. That scheduling thing -- I wish they would do something about that on travel days, because we were just flat. It took us seven or eight innings today to do something. I wish Major League Baseball would do something about that, because getting in at 5:30 is just not fair. I sound like a whiny baby, but it's the truth. We haven't been this flat all year. To me, if you want to put your finger on it, that's it.

-- Eric Chavez

Diamondbacks Quick Pitches

Arizona Diamondbacks rally past Colorado Rockies |
Didi Gregorius hit his second major league home run and singled to start a two-run rally in the ninth inning that led the Arizona Diamondbacks over Colorado 5-4 Sunday and stopped the Rockies’ eight-game winning streak.

Grit Index: Ninth-inning rally gives D-backs much-needed road win |
The D-backs didn't hold a lead for the first 26 innings of their series with the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, but Sunday that took control right on time.

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero happy to have day off |
It’s not often Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero will admit it’s time for a day off, but even he wasn’t arguing about being out of the lineup Saturday.

Adam Eaton has started to throw | KFFL
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) started to throw Friday, April 19, and he has been hitting since April 4, serving as the designated hitter in extended spring games. Eaton will throw from 60 feet Monday, April 22, according to general manager Kevin Towers.

Jason Kubel lets swelling subside | KFFL
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) is recovering from a strained left quadriceps, and he is in "calm-down" mode as he lets the swelling go down. "He'll just do mobility stuff and regular manual strengthening, just what's tolerable while they try to calm everything down," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The MRI showed some fluid in there, which means there's swelling. He'll try to work that out, as well, and then start ramping up at that point."

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Off-Topic Link of the Day

"The Simpsons" Writers Reunion – Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O'Brien |
80 minutes with Conan and his fellow writers from "The Simpsons" reminiscing on the past. Great to listen to while you, oh I don't know, write a link dump post or do homework or real work.