Despite the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-2 loss to the Rockies, snapping their five game winning streak, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero thinks the team is going good. He caught his 537th game tonight, tying him for the franchise record with former D-back and current member of the Houston Astros, Chris Snyder.
"We're playing pretty good, the last five games, I know we played against last place teams, but I know if we can keep playing like that... we'll have a good chance. We've been playing good ball. It doesn't matter who we're playing, we're just playing good."
Miggy played pretty good himself on Wednesday, hitting 3-3 with two singles, a solo home run and a walk. He recorded three of Arizona's five total hits on the night. When asked if he was seeing something from opposing starting pitcher Jeff Francis that his teammates were not, Miggy didn't seem to think so.
"I am just seeing the ball, hitting the ball, you know? I've been striking out a lot, just trying to see pitchers and slow pitches, it just doesn't work out that way. I'm just going out there now and just see the ball, look for fastballs and hit it."
When he was behind the plate as a catcher, he thought that the pitching of Trevor Cahill looked pretty good as well. "I thought he threw the ball good... He gave up that homer for Rosario which was probably his worst pitch all night; kind of out and over the plate. Other than that, unfortunately I thought we were going to score a lot more runs tonight, but (Jeff) Francis did a good job."
Cahill seemed to mirror Miggy's sentiments, despite giving up four earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched.
"I thought earlier on I was throwing a lot more strikes and I felt better than I have recently. I made a couple mistakes and they made me pay for it, so I am just trying to cut down on that... I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. My stuff feels good, other than that I don't know what you can do."
Basically, it came down to pitch execution for Cahill. He pitched pretty well throughout the game, but when he made a mistake, the Rockies took advantage of it every time.
Cahill is scheduled to pitch against the Dodgers in Los Angeles next Monday. That could be a rough matchup for him to start cutting down on the mistakes, especially given the new additions L.A. has recently made to their lineup.
But if Montero and manager Kirk Gibson continue to hold faith in Cahill, he should break out of his slump. He spoke of that after his tough loss.
"I'm not where I really want to be, but it's just one of those things. You gotta grind it out. I hit a bump last year about this time of the season. The mechanical stuff felt a lot better today so hopefully I can just take that as a positive and go from there."
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