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Snake Bytes, 8/22: McCarthy Left Red-Faced

Brandon McCarthy surrendered seven runs, all of them earned in only two and a third innings of work on Wednesday night against Cincinnati. Despite a spirited charge by the Diamondacks' offense, the team dropped game three of the four-game set 10-7.

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"They played their tails off," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of his team. "They did a heck of a job. They had a terrible start. They played great, I've got no complaints about it at all."

Kirk Gibson

"I couldn't get anything down in the zone for whatever reason," McCarthy said. "I really think mechanically I just got some issues I have to iron out. Anytime that happens, it's hard for me to locate and establish. It just makes a mess."

Brandon McCarthy

"Whenever we scored that couple of runs to make it 8-4, I think everybody thought we were going to give this team a run for their money," outfielder A.J. Pollock said. "If we're there at the end of the game, we do a good job of scratching together that key run. I don't think there's anybody in here who didn't think we had a chance."

A.J. Pollock

"We fought back but we didn't have enough to piece together for the win," Pollock said. "We know our character and our character is we don't give up."

A.J. Pollock

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