"It was a good series on the road against an American League team, and this is a tough park to pitch in. We held on, and the bullpen did a great job for us."
"It's important to get to .500. It's important getting into second place like we are, but it doesn't matter until the end of the year. We're 1-0 tonight, that's always been my mantra."
"I didn't start paying attention to it until someone said it was over like 10 tries. I don't know what you could do more. I mean, obviously, we're playing as hard as we can and we want to be over .500, but it's bizarre how [we could] get near that .500 mark and then we couldn't get it. But it's behind us. Hopefully from here we can stay above .500 and go on another run."
It Happened Last Night
Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave the game after surrendering 2 runs in four innings of work and 85 pitches. It didn't matter. Arizona posted a five-run second inning and a two-run fifth while the bullpen managed to shut down the Rangers for the final three innings of the game. The win puts the Diamondbacks back at .500 for the first time since April 24, and gives them a share of second place in the NL West.
Now that the Diamondbacks have finally reached the summit of Mt. 500, it is time for them to tackle the next challenge, a winning season.
Mark Grace played for 16 years and has been around live games ever since. He's never seen anything like it. Dave Stewart pitched for 16 years in the majors, he's never seen it before either. It's probably safe to say, this is worth catching, since it seems unlikely to happen again anytime soon.
After a strong 2014 campaign, Oliver Perez was smacked around pretty good to open the 2015 season, turning an expected bullpen strength into a weakness. Since June 1, Perez has surrendered no runs and two hits while walking only four and striking out 13 across 10 innings.
With the non-waiver trade deadline only 22 days away, the Diamondbacks are at .200, in second place in the NL West, only five games behind the surprisingly so-so Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving them with some decisions to make about this season and future ones.