"I know he has a lot of ability," Gibson said. "He hasn't been able to put his tools to good use so far, but we've acquired him and hopefully we can help him get on track."
- Kirk Gibson on Joe Patterson
Vidal Nuno, who entered the game without a D-backs win, will have to keep waiting for his first National League victory. Nuno had pitched well with the D-backs since they acquired him in July, but he lasted only five innings Friday, giving up six runs on eight hits
The D-backs continued adding to their expanded roster on Friday, recalling outfielder Brett Jackson and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson from Triple-A Reno. The callups put the D-backs' current roster at 32 out of a maximum of 40.
The recent offensive struggles of the Diamondbacks are very familiar to outfielder Cody Ross. He's been through this before, although with higher stakes.
Ross is coming off his worst start in a while, though. His franchise-record streak of 14 quality starts came to an end in Colorado on Sept. 7, when he gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies. It was his first non-quality start since June 16. His opponent on Saturday, Chase Anderson, has a pair of quality outings in his last two starts, going six innings in each of them and giving up a combined three runs, while striking out 14.
The Orioles were dealt another blow on Friday morning, as first baseman Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamines associated with the drug Adderall.