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Snake Bytes, 7/25: A Hole Too Deep

In a game filled with emotional extremes, the Cubs managed to defeat the Diamondbacks in 12 innings, dropping Arizona to 1.5 games out of first in the NL West, and leaving David Hernandez deflated on the field.

Norm Hall

Quick Quotes

"Eventually I have to start doing my job," Hernandez said. "It's not fair to my teammates who work so hard."

"It just seems like every single mistake I make gets hit," he said. "Eventually I have to start making better pitches, and the sooner the better. I just have to keep working. It was just a tough one to lose, especially after we battled back."

David Hernandez

"We left a zillion guys on and we didn't really swing at good pitches in those situations. That's the tough part about it. You have to give the Cubs credit, they made some good pitches on us, but I think we swung at some marginal pitches out of the zone, too."

Kirk Gibson

Daily Diamondback Digest

Schierholtz, Cubs Down Diamondbacks in 12

A rocky outing by Ian Kennedy. Fast and loose defense not giving Kennedy this needed support. The offense, despite scoring six runs, going 1-15 with RISP, leaving 12 men in scoring position. David Hernandez yet again unable to pitch effectively in any sort of meaningful inning. Take out any one of the four sub-par performances (starting pitching, offense, defense, high-leverage bullpen) and the Diamondbacks probably win the game. As it is, the Diamondbacks as a team simply gave the Cubs too much to work with, digging themselves a hole so deep they simply couldn't climb back out. Easily missed in the demoralizing loss is the fact that Heath Bell pitched very well for two ful frames, allowing one hit, walking no one, and striking out three. Goldschmidt, Nieves, and Prado led the offense to a 12-hit night, including a 3-run homer by Goldschmidt in the sixth. Combined with an extra-inning win by the Dodgers in Toronto, the Diamondbacks go into play Thursday 1.5 games out of first in the NL West.

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With the non-waiver trade deadline fast-approaching (1 PM MST Wednesday) the Diamondbacks may be in the market to improve the team. Here's a quick side-by-side comparison of the five of the names most likely to be asked about from the Arizona farm system.

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