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SnakeBytes 9/22: Earning Their Stripes

Chris Owings and Matt Davidson showed the promise of top prospects and powered the D-backs to a 7-2 victory in Colorado on Saturday.

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Doug Pensinger


His [Skaggs] velocity has regressed. I think a lot of that is mechanics, just a little out of whack right now. Still has the good breaking ball and changeup. It's just his fastball has backed up, doesn't have confidence in his fastball command, a little gun shy.

Kevin Towers

Pitching should be competitive next year. I'm hoping that guys like Stites and Jake Barrett push some of the guys in our bullpen next year too.

Kevin Towers

We asked that they not return to the field from the clubhouse after their celebration so that we could clear the stands. We didn't want their fans hanging around long after the game. That plan was discussed with their GM (Ned Colletti) at the beginning of the series, and he agreed. Only the Dodgers would blame us for their lack of class.

Ken Kendrick

Diamondbacks Daily

D-backs down Rockies to snap two-game skid
Matt Davidson homered and drove in three runs, Gerardo Parra had three hits, and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night. Chris Owings also had three hits for the D-backs, who won for the first time since being eliminated from the NL West race Thursday. Charlie Blackmon had three hits for the Rockies.

Cahill continues hot streak as D-backs down Rox
The 2013 season did not go the way Trevor Cahill wanted, but the D-backs right-hander is certainly finishing it on a strong note. In his second-to-last start of the year, the right-hander allowed just one earned run over 5 2/3 innings as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-2, on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Corbin looking to bounce back against Rox in finale
Just one inning shy of reaching a 200-inning workload this year, Patrick Corbin was close to being shut down by the D-backs. But the left-hander is slated to start Sunday versus Colorado and Arizona still believes he has plenty of gas left for his last two outings.

Jake Barrett’s emergence; Matt Davidson wants to trim down
One person he can thank for that is right-hander Jake Barrett, a pitcher General Manager Kevin Towers spoke of glowingly this weekend. Towers not only said Barrett is getting consideration to be the organization’s Pitcher of the Year (an award likely to go to Archie Bradley), he also said the hard-throwing reliever could "push some of the guys in our bullpen next year,

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs takes September off to unwind
It wasn’t long ago that left-hander Tyler Skaggs was viewed as a future top-of-the-rotation pitcher. The Diamondbacks opted not to bring him to the major leagues this month so they can help him get back to that level.

Barrett and Stites to get close look in Spring Training |
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said he expects top prospect Archie Bradley to compete for spot in the starting rotation next spring, but Bradley won't be the only prospect with a chance to make the roster. Right-handers Jake Barrett and Matt Stites also figure to get looks in the bullpen.

D-backs dispute 'don't celebrate' request
The Los Angeles Dodgers have moved on. Having dispatched the Diamondbacks, their last obstacle to the NL West title, they can now turn their attention toward getting ready for baseball's postseason. For the Diamondbacks and their fans, there are no such diversions. And so the resentment over the Dodgers going out of their way to take their pennant-clinching celebration into the Chase Field pool continues to simmer.

Around the League

Cubs fans show some humour
Even though they haven't clinched a playoff spot in 5 years.

Joe Maddon's lineup card after 18 innings
College students everywhere laugh.

Fan Catches Ball
Pretends he's Yasiel Puig.

Raul Ibanez's defense
Yeah you can't really call it that.

Lee Taek-keun shows the bat-flip
Forgets he has warning track power.