"He threw a slider first pitch for a ball. I thought they didn't want to walk me because they'd have to face the best hitter [Paul Goldschmidt] on our team. Then he threw a fastball outside. I knew he was trying to make good pitches to me. He actually made a good pitch inside, a fastball inside. I felt like I have to put the ball in play. It's not like I was looking for a fly ball, but fortunately for me we got a fly ball."
- Martin Prado
Martin Prado capped off a big night with sacrifice fly in the 10th inning that proved to be the game-winner as the D-backs beat the Phillies, 10-6, on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Joe Garagiola Sr. has always had a delightful sense of humor about his place in the game, even in serious moments. And so it was no surprise that Garagiola kept the crowd laughing Saturday, when he received the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia.
Will he clean house? What kind of team and front office will he construct? Will his old-school beliefs translate in baseball's new analytics landscape? No one seems to know the answers, but few appear to be doubting him.
Nick Evans is still with the Diamondbacks, for now. Evans was surprised to hear of his signing, to a point. It's likely he'll end up a Golden Eagle in the next couple days, but nothing is yet official.
In his third outing for the D-backs on Monday, though, Nuno regressed to his first-half form, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs, without making it through five innings. He looks to rebound Sunday when he faces off against Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez in the rubber game at Citizens Bank Park.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors today announced changes to the rules for election for recently retired players, reducing the length of stay on the ballot for players from a maximum of 15 to 10 years, while installing a new balloting and registration process for Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting members.