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Snake Bytes 9/14: Wasted Opportunities

Brandon McCarthy threw six innings of gutsy, two-run ball and contributed at the plate by notching his first major league hit. IT wasn't enough though as the Diamondbacks, despite accruing 20 base runners, were only able to push across two runs of their own until Miguel Montero hit a three-run blast with two out in the ninth. Meanwhile, Will Harris had a rare rough outing, giving up four runs in only one-third of an inning.

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Christian Petersen

Quick Quotes

"Today, I didn't feel sharp at all," McCarthy said. "I didn't feel strong. It was one of those ones that you have to battle through. I've found that over the course of a season these are the ones I've really struggled to get though. I was at least able to stay closer to it where you're not going haywire in any way. That's good, and I think that's a positive sign that, even on a day where I don't feel great, I can kind of push through that and stay through it mechanically and get some decent results."

Brandon McCarthy

"We should have had a lot more runs."

Kirk Gibson

"I guess he hung that pitch on the bounce."

Miguel Montero on Dickerson hitting a double off a pitch bounced in the dirt

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Brandon McCarthy threw 72/89 pitches for strikes in allowing only 2 runs over six innings of work, while also notching his first big league hit, a single up the middle with two outs in the fourth inning. While McCarthy's outing was not a pretty one, he did allow eleven hits, the results were such that he should have been a winner. However, the Diamondback offense was unable to push across runs despite numerous chances, and the bullpen (Will Harris) imploded, allowing five runs in the seventh inning. Adding insult to the night was the fact that the damage was sparked by a double by that Corey Dickerson slapped to right field on a pitch that bounced up to the plate.

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Sometimes you just tip your cap

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From deep in the hole

Corey Dickerson

You're not supposed to get doubles when you swing at a spiked pitch

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Showing off his Parrazooka arm in center field.