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SnakeBytes 6/30: Sputtering Offense

"Offensively, we only scored six runs," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of the series. "I think we were kind of fortunate to have two wins to be honest with you."

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Martin Prado sure seems excited to strikeout.
Martin Prado sure seems excited to strikeout.
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports


Since I've been up here I've been proud of myself for not walking people, and like the San Francisco game the one walk I gave up scored. That's just something that I've got to try to eliminate. Besides that, everything else felt pretty good.

You've just kind of got to build on every start and that's what I'm trying to do. The only thing that kind of went backwards today was the walks. Hopefully my next start I can eliminate that and keep us in the gameplan.

- Mike Bolsinger

We had a good opportunity in the first inning to tack on a run and didn't do that and then the only other good time was in the seventh and Roger [Kieschnick] struck out. The Padres pitched pretty good.

- Kirk Gibson

Daily D-backs

Bats fade as Padres derail D-backs' sweep attempt |
In the end, it was the walk to lead off the fourth inning that D-backs pitcher Mike Bolsinger regretted most from his start on Sunday. That runner ended up coming around to score as part of a two-run rally that proved to be the difference as the D-backs were unable to complete the sweep of the Padres and fell, 2-1, at Petco Park.

Ahmed makes MLB debut after Owings hits DL |
Chris Owings joined fellow shortstop Cliff Pennington on the disabled list on Sunday with a sore left shoulder and the D-backs selected the contract of Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno and he made his big league debut in the afternoon game with the Padres. He went 1-for-3 with a single in the seventh.

Goldy thankful for 'awesome' All-Star fan support |
D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt doesn't like to discuss his chances of playing in the All-Star Game because he prefers to have the focus be on the team. However, he does appreciate the way D-backs fans have supported him at the ballot box.

Chavez moved to 60-day DL as nagging knee worsens |
The D-backs transferred Eric Chavez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Nick Ahmed. Chavez has been battling an injured left knee since Spring Training and he's been on the DL since June 8.

Locke riding momentum into start | Preview
This time last year, Jeff Locke was making his case to be an All-Star. In 2014, things haven't gone quite as well for the 26-year-old, but he'll look to build on two solid starts when he takes on Wade Miley and D-backs at PNC Park on Tuesday. Locke began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, but with Wandy Rodriguez getting designated for assignment and Francisco Liriano going on the disabled list, the lefty got another chance in the big leagues.

Painful youth movement continues in loss to Padres |
The Diamondbacks already were second in the majors in combined days on the disabled list before rookie shortstop Chris Owings landed there Sunday with a shoulder strain. But if there's a bright side, it's that the Diamondbacks are getting a long look at some young players who might not have gotten a shot in the majors until September.

Diamondbacks plan to have Trevor Cahill back at some point |
Trevor Cahill agreed to go down to the minors instead of opting to be a free agent after being designated for assignment because he trusted the organization to do right by him. The Diamondbacks plan on holding up their end of the bargain.

La Russa: D-backs to embrace pressure, not be slaves to analytics | FOX Sports Arizona
Change is coming to the Diamondbacks, of course. The only thing that is uncertain is the scope. "If I can't bring a couple of tweaks to this thing, then they made a bad decision bringing me on," new D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa told this week. "But I think there are some tweaks."

D-backs future is here in Ahmed and others | FOX Sports Arizona
The D-backs are getting a chance to evaluate their younger players, including Nick Ahmed, who was called up Sunday to replace Chris Owings.

Around the MLB

The Mets and Yankees should be sellers at MLB trade deadline but won't be | NY Daily News
Actually, there’s a dearth of third basemen everywhere, but assuming the Diamondbacks are serious about an impending fire sale, the Yankees ought to see what the asking price is for Martin Prado. The versatile 30-year-old was a solid .300 hitter for four years in Atlanta, and has been somewhat less in Arizona’s pitcher-friendly Chase Field.

Anti All-Stars
Surprisingly there's an absence of Cody Ross.