"I really didn't feel too great. I give a lot of credit to [catcher Miguel Montero] right there, he stuck with me, we battled. I was able to move the fastball in and out, kind of found it later in the game. They hit some balls hard, but fortunately they hit them at people. I'll take those."
- Wade Miley
"I don't feel good at home plate right now, I admit it, but I don't feel frustrated. I'm just working hard every day and I feel like in the second half it will be great. Maybe one or two games getting two base hits and I'll feel better. Mentally, I'm thinking too much. I want a base hit, I want to help us win. Too many things in my mind."
- Gerardo Parra on slump
Wade Miley has not felt at his best his last few times out. The left-hander sure could have fooled anyone who's watched those games, though. Miley turned in his third impressive start in a row Saturday afternoon as he helped the D-backs beat the Giants, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd at AT&T Park.
It has not been a productive six weeks for Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra, and he doesn't hide the fact he's looking forward to the All-Star break. But Parra says his lengthy slump hasn't left him frustrated or discouraged.
Among National League starting rotations, only the Coors Field-dwelling Colorado Rockies have a worse earned run average than the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wade Miley is leading an aggressive counter campaign against that reality.
The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra. Parra has hit just .140 since June 27 and is 1-for-11 over his previous three games entering Saturday. There are no health issues with Anderson, but the rookie threw just 88 innings for Triple-A Reno last year and is already up to 93 1/3 innings this year between Double-A Mobile and the big leagues. With that in mind, the team wants to be proactive in limiting his innings where it can.
The Giants are hoping the D-backs will be the cure for All-Star lefty Madison Bumgarner's recent struggles due to the fact that he has not allowed a run against Arizona in 12 innings this year.
The laser-like focus of David Ortiz has led to some of the most memorable postseason moments in Red Sox history, so it should come as no surprise that he's just as unflappable while warming up on deck.