[FOX Sports] Archie Bradley still off as weary D-backs fall to Braves - "We played tonight, unfortunately, like a team that played 17 innings yesterday and lost and traveled home," Hale said. "It's embarrassing to me, it's just not the way a team that I would ever want to coach would ever play a game. Just sloppy, dead baseball, and I apologize for that." "My throwing sessions on the sides, my bullpens, everything, they feel good. I feel like I'm getting better, it's just not translating," Bradley said.
[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks suffer extra-inning hangover in Monday's loss to Atlanta - Hosting the Atlanta Braves following a 17-inning affair (the second-longest game in franchise history in terms of innings) in Milwaukee, which ultimately resulted in a 7-6 D-backs loss, the men in Sedona Red and white were simply unable to summon significant momentum, falling to the Braves 8-1 in front of 18,258 at Chase Field. Quite honestly, the highlight of the night for the D-backs on the mound may have been the ceremonial first pitch delivered by none other than Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes.
[AZ Central] Bradley's struggles continue as Diamondbacks fall to Braves - Bradley exhibited the same problems evident since his return from the disabled list, lasting just five innings and giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks. He needed 96 pitches, and threw only eight more balls than strikes... The last time LHP Oliver Perez threw three innings in a big-league game, it was 2010 and he was a starter. But with the Diamondbacks bullpen reeling from a 17-inning game the night before, Arizona called on the southpaw to fill innings against the Braves after Bradley exited.
[Arizona Sports] Gosewisch to undergo season-ending knee surgery - "It is what it is, and I can't control that," he said. "Hopefully, I can come back and get a chance again." - The loss of Gosewisch leaves Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the team's main catcher. "The hard thing for Salty right now is, the poor guy is like just dropping a guy in a parachute right in the middle of an island," Hale said. "He hasn't had any experience with our pitchers. Tuffy worked with them all spring, all spring he worked with them and learned what they liked to throw. So, we're trying to get Salty up to speed, and he's doing great job so far for us back there, (but) it's tough."
[AZ Central] Archie Bradley putting Diamondbacks in difficult spot - Odd as it may seem considering that his ERA rose more than a half-run against the Braves, the Diamondbacks see his outing as the smallest of steps in the right direction. What hurt him was not missing the strike zone but finding too much of it. As the quality of Bradley's secondary pitches has waned, opposing hitters have been able to sit on a fastball that is coming out about three miles-an-hour slower than it did when Bradley was in the minors. Out of the 96 pitches he threw Monday, Bradley generated only four whiffs.
[dbacks.com] Despite struggles, Bradley staying positive - "It's not as good as it was. That's pretty easy to tell, the hitters are telling us that," Hale said. "His stuff is just not the same since he got hit, it just has not come back with the same snap on the breaking ball or the confidence in the changeup. He's just going to have to keep working on it and get better." "I've just got to keep doing it, got to stay positive and just keep working," Bradley said. "I know I'm better than what I have been. I'm trying to compete and help this team win and I haven't been able to do that."
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks not making opponents pay for intentionally walking Goldschmidt - This season, the Diamondbacks have gone hitless in all 10 plate appearances immediately following an intentional walk to Goldschmidt. They've managed one walk in that much, but the other nine times failed to even get the ball out of the infield. "As hitters what we do is we put the pressure on ourselves like, 'I've gotta get him in. I gotta get a hit. They just walked the guy in front of me,'" Hale said. "Sometimes that's it, sometimes it's the fact you get upset like, 'How can they walk that guy? They think I'm no good.' You let that bother you. You can't do that."
[FOX Sports] Arizona's Trumbo may prove too valuable to trade -- for now - Stewart said Sunday night, "We know there’s interest in Trumbo. But in fairness to him, we don’t really know at this point what Tomas is going to be. He’s playing well, but he only has one homer. "With all of our players, if you overwhelm me with something, I’ve got to listen. I guess most people would say the trade deadline is where we’ll find the best value. But at this moment, Mark Trumbo is my guy. He gives us something in our lineup that none of our other guys do other than Goldschmidt – a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark.."
[Arizona Sports] Break over; Corbin looks forward to trip to minors - It's time, he believes, to be sent on a minor league rehab assignment -- the final step before a return to the active roster more than a year after Tommy John surgery. "They'll probably send me somewhere (for) my next start and let me build up (my pitch count) and get under the lights somewhere and get some competition in a little better atmosphere than over at the spring training complex. We'll see," Corbin said. "Everything feels great. We'll see how I feel tomorrow and how I rebound, but I think everything has gone well and will continue to go well."
[AP] As baseball goes high-tech, stealing a base still old school - While charts of every batted ball let teams shift on hitters, base stealing is still largely observational even though runners and managers have all the data they could want. "They have technology out there: Pitchers' times to the plate, runners' base stealing times, catchers' throwing times," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But it's not a perfect science. Pitchers vary their moves at times. You still want to use your eyes and a stopwatch, your old-fashioned way of doing things."
[SI.com] Why Johan Santana's no-hitter still haunts Terry Collins - Suppose the devil made you this bargain: You can have one unforgettable night doing what you love to do, but in exchange, you will never again be able to do it nearly as well. You can bring joy to thousands of people who will be forever grateful to you. But your future will be full of surgeon’s scalpels and solitary workouts in a futile pursuit of what you used to be. Would you sign on the dotted line? Here’s another, even more difficult question: What if you had to make that choice for someone else?
[TIME] The Disappointing Reason Babe Ruth Left Baseball - 80 years ago today, Babe Ruth retired from the game. His reason: "personal differences with the Braves’ president, Judge Emil Fuchs, climaxed by Judge Fuchs’s refusal to allow him to attend a party on board the S.S. Normandie which Babe Ruth thought would be "a great thing for baseball." "