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SnakeBytes 6/17: Swept Under the Rug

What a terrible series all-around from the D-backs as they were swept on the road by the Padres. But, the past is the past as we face a surprising Marlins team which took 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals. Kirk Gibson discusses Paul Goldschmidt's current slump and the Padres' series., and Ian Kennedy talks suspension in today's link dump.

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Why has my back hurt since the first game of the year?
Why has my back hurt since the first game of the year?
Denis Poroy


We're going to come back and clear our heads from this and get out of this place. They've beat a lot of people here. This is probably one of the hottest teams in the game right now.

You look at the huge impact hits that he had for us and we won a lot of those games, You can’t expect somebody to do that (the whole season). The thing about Goldy which is encouraging is he’s had a great approach. A lot of guys lose their approach. … He has had good at-bats. They’re making some decent pitches on him. And he’s not getting hits — there’s some of that, too. He’s not Superman.

- Kirk Gibson (May or may not have also seen Superman on Saturday)

The guys in the past, with their first offense, have gotten around a five-game suspension, five or six. I don’t understand why mine would be any different, why mine would be 10 when some people’s second offense was even less.

- Ian Kennedy

Diamondbacks Daily

Kennedy strong, but homer stings bullpen |
The D-backs couldn't wait to get out of Petco Park on Sunday, as they find themselves clinging to their lead in the National League West, a division now with four contenders.

10-game suspension too harsh, Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy says |
After the beanball war that broke out at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy bounced around online, curious about what kind of punishment he could expect from the commissioner’s office.

Fewer strikeouts by Diamondbacks has drawback — double plays |
Contact vs. Strike-outs; Randall Delgado update; Kirk Gibson reminisces; and an Eric Chavez and Adam Eaton recovery update.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt mired in rare hitting slump |
Paul Goldschmidt's struggles; Aaron Hill and Brandon McCarthy injury updates; and an inconsistent Wade Miley.

D-backs first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt can use boost in All-Star vote |
D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt still trails the Reds' Joey Votto in the voting to start the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

McCarthy's injured shoulder continues to progress |
Brandon McCarthy is taking the next step in his recovery from right shoulder inflammation that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on June 2.

Slumping in San Diego; farm report; & other stuff |
There’s little doubt first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was largely responsible for the Diamondbacks’ better-than-expected record. For the first two months of the season, he was an unstoppable force, hitting anything and everything thrown at him, coming through in the biggest situations and never experiencing any kind of extended rough patch. But the past 10 games have been different. Goldschmidt has just four hits in 39 at-bats and the Diamondbacks are just 3-7 after a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Diego Padres.

Montero feels like he's starting to heat up |
After a two-run home run on Saturday against the Padres, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero feels like he is finally starting to get into a groove at the plate.

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