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SnakeBytes 6/18: Hitting the Skids

Giancarlo Stanton single-handedly vanquished the D-Backs, handing the Snakes their fourth straight loss and ending Patrick Corbin's winning streak.

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Quotes of the Day

"The guy is swinging the bat good. We have to find a better way to get around him. You can see how strong he is. He just barreled it."

“They’re going to come around. It’s just a matter of time. We had some good at-bats today, but coming through with some guys on base is going to help us get some more runs, obviously, and hopefully they’ll start coming around. I know they will.”

- Patrick Corbin on the suddenly anemic offense.

"Delgado was up here and got his feet wet this year, went back down and worked on some things, threw a good game, [had] better command and he's the guy,"

- Kirk Gibson on his decision to start Randall Delgado tonight.

Diamondbacks Notes

Giancarlo Stanton powers Miami Marlins past the Arizona Diamondbacks

Alas, Patrick Corbin has been defeated. The Diamondbacks had not lost with Corbin on the bump until Giancarlo Stanton came to town. For his part, Corbin pitched admirably, carrying a no-no into the 6th inning before a bloop single by Juan Pierre and a blast by Stanton evened the score at two all. Stanton wasn't done there, however, delivering a game winning homer off Heath Bell in the 9th.

Arizona Diamondbacks may be gun shy with pitching deals

GM Kevin Towers is wary of making moves at the trade deadline for the sake of placating restless fans, telling the Republic, "you have to be cautious. A lot of mistakes are made by clubs looking to add before the deadline. … It’s tough for GMs, because fans always want you to act." Reassuringly, Towers hinted that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to part with top pitching prospect Archie Bradley at the deadline, adding, "the worst thing you can do is start trading some of your top prospects and end up falling short.”

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy ends distraction of appeal

Ian Kennedy has decided to drop his appeal of his 10-game suspension, stating that he wanted to avoid distracting teammates. Kennedy, who has pitched well as of late, plans on conducting business as usual while suspended, saying, "I’ve been throwing the ball well, just try to continue to do that like I have been in the bullpens and try to work on things.” Kennedy's next scheduled start is Saturday.

Mark Grace remains in lineup as a minor-league coach

After serving his sentence for aggravated DUI, Mark Grace is returning to the Diamondbacks' organization as a minor league hitting instructor.

Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks - June 18, 2013 | Preview

The opportunity to earn a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation is there, and Randall Delgado intends to make a big impression as he gets the nod tonight over fellow prospect Tyler Skaggs and long-reliever Josh Collmenter. In other news, Matt Reynolds is hoping to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery with an intensive rehab program.

Hops get perfect inaugural home game | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The Hillsboro Hops broke in their new stadium in style.

Around the League

Top prospect Wheeler ready to make big league debut for Mets | The Strike Zone

Zack Wheeler is set to make his first major league start tonight for the Mets. Scouts believe Wheeler has top-of-the-rotation potential, and could create a formidable 1-2 punch alongside fellow young starter Matt Harvey. Wheeler's name may sound familiar to NL West fans, as this is the kid the Giants traded for a few months of Carlos Beltran. The trade was pure vintage Brian Sabean - jettisoning a young pitcher who can touch 97 mph for 2 months of an oft-injured outfielder (who promptly got injured after the trade).

Scherzer has turned into another Detroit ace - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Former Diamondback Max Scherzer is having a career year in Detroit, becoming the first pitcher to win his first 10 decisions since Roger Clemens won his first 11 in 1997.


On First Pitches As A Cub, Henry Rodriguez Hit Ump And Carlos Beltran

A quintessentially Cubs debut.