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SnakeBytes 7/5: Extra-Innings Hangover

After the roller-coaster that was yesterday's 15 inning marathon, the D-Backs head home for a long 9-game homestand starting today against the Rockies. The hero of extra innings, Cliff Pennington, talks situational hitting, Kirk Gibson recaps what they learned as a team, and Brad Ziegler sums up what every bullpen member should be thinking about when they come into the game.

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Parra goes for a side hug, Ross goes in for full body. This doesn't look good.
Parra goes for a side hug, Ross goes in for full body. This doesn't look good.


Every at-bat in this game is its own at-bat. Whether you're 5-for-5 or 0-for-5, that doesn't help you with that next one. You've got to go up there and get a pitch to hit and do something about it.

- Cliff Pennington

It's a grind, for sure. Of course we got disappointed when we get the lead and they hit the home run, and it's disappointing that you have to reload and understand what's ahead of you. Then they hit the second one and you just got to tell yourself, 'We can take it.' You learn a lot about yourself in series like this and days like this.

- Kirk Gibson

If I'm going to feel pressure, it's not going to matter what happened previously in the game, it's the fact that we've got a chance to win this game right now and no matter what happened, I've got to get three outs.

- Brad Ziegler

Diamondbacks Shots

D-backs bend, don't break to beat Mets in 15 |
There's something about extra innings for Cliff Pennington. The shortstop is just a .230 hitter, but when the 10th inning rolls around, a switch is flipped. There's no different approach. He joked that he's "got to figure out the first nine," but it's nothing one adjustment will do. Thursday could have been a microcosm for his entire season -- he went 0-for-4 in regulation, then smacked a pair of hits in the 14th and 15th innings, the latter giving the D-backs a split-salvaging 5-4 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

After trying road trip, D-backs glad to be home for a spell |
Up until the past week and a half, the road had been fairly kind to the Diamondbacks. They were 20-18 away from Chase Field and had won some big games in opponents' parks. But then came a brutal 10-game East Coast swing that probably has the D-backs clamoring for the comforts of home, especially after playing 14 total extra innings and sitting through more than four hours of rain delays. The D-backs went 3-7 on the road trip but still hold 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West.

De La Rosa draws familiar foe in D-backs |
While Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa prepares to face the D-backs for the fourth time already this season, D-backs top prospect Tyler Skaggs will take the mound Friday for just his fourth start in 2013 as the clubs open a three-game set in Arizona. De La Rosa will look to continue his impressive pitching of late as the Rockies open a 10-game road trip that will lead them into the All-Star break.

Beating the best; international signings; & other stuff |
With Paul Goldschmidt out of the starting lineup, their offense averaging less than three runs a game over the past 10 and the current Best Pitcher on the Planet, Matt Harvey, on the mound, this was one of those nights that, on paper, didn’t really look like it would end up in the Diamondbacks’ favor.

Bullpen woes; Miguel Montero, bat licker?; farm report; & other stuff |
For the past few years, right-hander Josh Collmenter has been a sort of safety blanket for Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. If one of Gibson’s starters doesn’t feel right before a game, he can rest easy knowing that Collmenter is there to take the ball on a moment’s notice. Or if the Diamondbacks get into extra innings, Gibson knows Collmenter can come in and pitch until the sun comes up.

Bloomquist scheduled for CT scan on left wrist |
D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist will have a CT scan taken of his injured left wrist when the team returns to Phoenix following Thursday's game against the Mets.

AL, NL All-Star rosters set for Saturday reveal on FOX |
All the votes have been cast for the 2013 All-Star Game's starting spots, and the baseball world now awaits Saturday evening's announcement of the final tallies at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Randall Delgado keeps opening eyes |
The Randall Delgado who pitched seven sharp innings against the New York Mets on Wednesday night barely resembled the pitcher who fell flat in an attempt to win the fifth starter’s job in spring training.

Prospects give Arizona Diamondbacks good bait for trade |
Which D-Backs prospects could be traded at this years' deadline?

Pitch and catch with ... Arizona Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton |
How are you keeping your sanity, having to spend so much time on the disabled list with that elbow problem of yours this year? I haven’t been able to. It’s been crazy thus far to watch everyone else have the fun. They’ve been having a lot of fun up here and it’s been fun to watch, but I want to start being included in that. My wife and my family are keeping me sane and keeping me busy, but I can’t wait to get back out there.

Today in Baseball

Max Scherzer is perfect but it's not enough to lead AL Cy Young race |
The debate about how much bearing a pitcher's won-loss record should have on the his Cy Young candidacy is nothing new, and this season is presenting yet another test case. The Tigers' Max Scherzer has gotten off to a 13-0 start, the best in the majors since Roger Clemens began 14-0 in 1986. That year, Clemens went on to win both the AL MVP and Cy Young awards. Scherzer is enjoying an excellent season, but at the moment, he doesn't even top the below rankings of contenders for the honor of being the AL's best pitcher.

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Your move President Obama.

Amazin’: Remembering the 1969 Mets |
Color photos of the 1969 Miracle Mets -- players and coaches like Seaver, Agee, Koosman, Grote, Clendennon, Hodges, Berra and more.