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Snake Bytes, 6/2: Goldschmidt's First Grand Slam

The Diamondbacks sent Ian Kennedy to the mound to face off against the Shark. After one inning, things weren't looking so hot as the Cubs led 3-1. But Kennedy settled in and retired 18 in a row at one point, keeping the Diamondbacks in the game until they could get a shot at the Cubs bullpen. Despite 6.1 solid inning from Samardzija, the Diamondbacks put up 11 runs over the last three innings to run away with the win.

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Quick Quotes

"You get a chance to win the game in the eighth or ninth and you can't be living in the past."

Paul Goldschmidt on hitting his Grand Slam after three strikeouts to start the game

"Samardzija threw the ball really well," Gibson said. "The one thing we did good against him, we worked the count and got his pitch count up so he couldn't finish the game. Then when we got into their bullpen we got some big hits."

Kirk Gibson on the Diamondbacks day against Jeff Samardzija

"They're a first-place team for a reason. They're scrappy, they know how to play, they move runners over and they do the right things to take good at-bats and make you work as a pitcher."

Jeff Samardzija on the Diamondbacks "gritty" play

Daily Diamondback Digest

Diamondbacks Take Game 2 on Goldy's First Career Salami

Despite another rain delay and six relatively dominant innings from the Shark, the Diamondbacks held on long enough to get into the Cubs' bullpen, where they were finally able to go to work - bringing home a win, half-price pizza, and tacos. Six Diamondbacks had multi-hit games, including Willie Bloomquist who went 3-for-4, continuing the sort of hitting he was displaying recently in Reno.

Williams, Samardzija Have Words and Other Tidbits

It seems there may just be a war of words brewing betwixt the Cubs Ace and the Diamondbacks Third Base Coach. Meanwhile, Hill is hitting off a tee and Hudson is scheduled to make his first rehab start Tuesday.

And The Winner Is...

The answer seems to still be that there is still little idea who the Diamondbacks will take with 15th overall pick in this year's draft, held on Thursday. In a relatively shallow class, the choices that deep in the draft all come with significant question marks.

Early Season Report Card

The bigger Diamondback offseason moves are examined through the first third of the year.

Around MLB

Oops, They Did it Again

That's right, yet another umpire gaff, yet another game-changing mistake. This time the umpires were in Philadelphia helping the Brewers. At least it wasn't Angel Hernandez and his crew again.

Stephen Drew, Enigma

If ever there was a frustrating player that made it difficult to decide between future star and future scrub, Stephen Drew might just be that player.

Futility Watch

Atlanta Braves

Strikeouts: 503 (on pace for 1482)

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Miami Marlins

Record: 15-41 (on pace to go 43-119)

Houston Astros

Strikeouts: 531 (on pace for 1536)

Record: 19-37 (on pace to go 55-107) If ever there was a chance for the Astros to put together a good stretch, June is it.