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Snake Bytes, 7/11 : Epic Fail

Though it is still only mid-season, the Diamondbacks suffered their 18th blown save of the season, and were swept at home in possibly the biggest series of the season to date.

Christian Petersen

Quick Quotes

"I've faced Adrian a lot. He knows me. I know him. A pitch got away from me, and I ended up walking him. I thought I could get Hanley out, but it didn't happen that way. I feel really bad because I let everybody down. We definitely should have won that game."

Heath Bell

"We have to figure out some things so guys can get some outs late in the game. It's too hard on the team playing all the innings like this. It's a shame."

Kirk Gibson

"It's frustrating, we had our chances, just didn't come out with a win," A.J. Pollock said. "We knew it would've been big to get a win here, but now we move on and try to get some momentum before the All-Star break."

A.J. Pollock

"We don't hang our heads, we battle every day," Bell said. "It's a tough game to lose but all of them are. The Dodgers are a good team right now, definitely does hurt a little bit but I think we'll bounce back real nicely."

Aaron Hill

Daily Diamondback Digest

Bells Blows Save with Two Out in 9th / Dodgers Sweep Diamondbacks

Tyler Skaggs had more bad luck with BABIP and got squeezed by the umpires before showing he lacks the one thing that he probably can't develop in Reno, a thick enough psyche to ignore it all. The young Diamondback pitcher only made it through 4.1 innings Wednesday night, surrendering 3 runs before leaving after walking two Dodgers to load the bases. Will Harris came in to clean up his mess, and the Diamondback offense did their best to pick up their starter. The Dodger's young import didn't fare much better, as the Diamondbacks finally punched through against the Dodger's pitching and scored three in the bottom half of the frame. Up two, the Diamondbacks turned to Hernandez, Putz, and Bell to close out the final three innings. Despite Hernandez surrendering yet another home run on the season (this one to Adrian Gonzalez), the Diamondbacks still maintained a one-run lead. Putz came in and threw a perfect eighth inning, giving way to Heath Bell. Bell seemed to be well-rested, throwing a bit harder than usual. But, with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Bell walked Adrian Gonzalez and the wheels fell off from there. When it was all over, the Dodgers had tied the game. They went on to homer twice in the 14th to take the game, the series, and the sweep 7-5

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