"We don’t want to put any limits on how well we can play in the second half of the season, but I’m not going to jeopardize anything that would take away from us being better in ’16, ’17 and ’18 going forward."
- Tony La Russa
"We've been up and down, but we've been getting better every day and hopefully we can continue to get better and make a run at, whether it's the wild card or the division, any way to get in the playoffs. Guys have played as hard as anyone could have hoped for. If we keep doing those things; keep getting better -- we have a group of guys who work hard -- and keep learning, whether it's through our coaches or through experience or through each other, there's no reason we can't make a run at trying to make the playoffs in the second half."
- Paul Goldschmidt
The Giants scored on a D-backs error in the top of the 12th inning to pull out a 6-5 win on Friday night at Chase Field in a game that lasted 5 hours, 11 minutes.
The Diamondbacks blew a three-run lead in the seventh and gave up the lead with a pair of defensive miscues in the 12th, falling 6-5 to the San Francisco Giants on Friday in front of 26,922 at Chase Field.
Just before Friday's signing deadline of 2 p.m. MST, the D-backs announced that they have agreed to terms with shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's Draft.
The plan was to set the team up for contention beyond 2015, and La Russa is sticking to it. He won’t mortgage that to make the playoffs this season.
But it's a very different picture still compared to where the D-backs sat a year ago. Coming out of the 2014 All-Star break, Arizona was 16 games below .500 and tied with Colorado and Houston for the second-worst record in baseball. From there, of course, the D-backs finished the season with the worst record. It is a very different tone the D-backs (42-45) take into a three-game series against the division-rival Giants that kick starts a 10-game homestand to begin the second half.
While the D-backs search for somebody to step up as the staff ace, they also wait patiently for the return of Archie Bradley. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall believes Bradley is not far away from returning to health.