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Snake Bytes, 6/20: Blacked Out Edition

Trevor Cahill and Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez faced off in an early afternoon match at Chase Field. Despite an early, injury-induced departure by Cahill, the fans (in attendance) were still rewarded with a pitching duel, one between Fernandez and Collmenter. Though Collmenter took a ND, the Diamondbacks took the win and the series.

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Quick Quotes

"Do you see what Ross hits against lefties?" Gibson responded when asked why he used Ross in that situation. "I just liked the matchup."

Kirk Gibson

"He painted a pretty good fastball away for 1-1, then I chased a slider," Ross said. "And after I swung at that slider, I figured he was probably going to go back to it at some point, so in the back of my head I was sort of looking for it, but staying on the fastball."

Cody Ross

"I felt like I executed a good pitch there," Dunn said. "He just hit it. It was a slider down and in. It was a slider for a strike, not a chase pitch."

Mike Dunn

Daily Diamondback Digest

Ross Pinch-Hit Homer Supports Collmenter's Relief Outing / Collmenter Stellar in Relief

After getting hit by a line drive in the first inning, Arizona starter Trevor Cahill was forced from the game. Josh Collmenter came on in relief, throwing 6 innings of 1-hit baseball in order to keep the Diamondbacks in the game despite the offense having a miserable go against the rookie phenom starter for Miami, Jose Fernandez. After walking two batters in the eighth, Fernandez was lifted for reliever Mike Dunn, who was brought on to face Eric Hinske. Playing the numbers, Gibson burned Hinske and sent Ross up to bat. Ross launched a 1-2 pitch for a home run, his first pinch hit as a Diamondback. Heath Bell came on in the 9th and provided the fans with yet another harrowing example of the Heath Bell Experience© before closing out the game, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-1 win and a series victory.

Ross Sees Clearly Just in Time

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