Carlos Quentin Shakes off Slump


Posted May 22, 2007


After a 2-homer game on Monday, Carlos Quentin may finally be out of his month-long slump. Chris Snyder also appears to be rebounding, Chris Young's groin is still hurting, and Alberto Callaspo reached a settlement with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

INSIDE PITCH

Before Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, Diamondbacks right fielder Carlos Quentin was standing in front of his locker at Chase Field, trying to avoid having to talk about his ongoing hitting slump.

"Hopefully, I go out there tonight and have a few good, hard knocks," he said. "Every time I step in there, I'm thinking about trying to get a hit again. It's just a matter of being confident and like people keep telling me, 'Trust it.'"

Quentin delivered in the biggest of ways a few hours later, hitting two home runs for his first career multi-homer game, and also producing a career-best five RBIs. His run-scoring sacrifice fly in the eighth off left-hander Jeremy Affeldt was the go-ahead run and allowed the Diamondbacks to beat the Rockies, 6-5, and win their third straight game.

"He's been swinging the bat well the last few days and hopefully, he's coming out of that slump of his," said Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb, who got a no-decision. "It's encouraging. He picked up me and the whole team today the way he swung the bat."

Quentin has now hit safely in four straight games after going 1-for-22 and mustering just three extra-base hits in the previous eight games. By going 2-for-3 on Monday, he raised his batting average 24 points, to .213 from .189.

"Boy, that was a nice game," manager Bob Melvin said. "We thought we could see him coming out of it the last few games of our road trip, and the confidence certainly keeps growing after today."

DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 5: Carlos Quentin hit two home runs and accounted for a career-high five RBIs Monday as the Diamondbacks won their third straight game and fourth out of their past five in beating the Rockies to begin a six-game home stand at Chase Field.

Starting pitcher Brandon Webb, however, still is having problems solving the Rockies. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner allowed five earned runs in seven innings and is now 0-2 with two no-decisions in four starts this season against Colorado.  Overall, he is 7-5 against the Rockies.

Colorado's Brad Hawpe has been especially troublesome for Webb, as the Rockies' right fielder hit a solo homer off the right-hander in the second inning, giving him three homers in a span of three at-bats against Webb. Hawpe homered twice against Webb the last time they faced each other, on May 16 in Denver.

NOTES, QUOTES

--CF Chris Young did not start for a third consecutive game after exiting Friday's game in Pittsburgh with a left groin pull, but manager Bob Melvin said Young could be back in the lineup Tuesday at the earliest and more likely on Wednesday.

--RHP Jose Valverde, who led the majors with four saves, was named National League Co-Player of the Week along with Houston outfielder Hunter Pence. Valverde earned his 17th save on Monday, tying him with Milwaukee's Francisco Cordero for first in the majors.

"He's gone through these stretches before where he's been as good a closer as there is in the National League," manager Bob Melvin said. "The next step for him is to do it for a whole season."

--3B Chad Tracy, on the disabled list with a ribcage strain, hasn't started any baseball activity to this point and it could be several days before he is ready for a minor-league rehab stint.

--UTIL Alberto Callaspo dropped his grievance filed by the players' union over his placement on the restricted list as he and the Diamondbacks reached a settlement. Callaspo, who wasn't paid for nine days following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife on May 10, will now be paid for six of those days. He earns a little more than $2,000 per day.

--OF Scott Hairston was a late scratch from Monday's starting lineup, where he was scheduled to play left field, after his sore left wrist became aggravated during batting practice. UTIL Alberto Callaspo got the start in left field in his place.

--C Chris Snyder went 3-for-4 on Monday and is now 6-for-8 in his last two games after going 1-for-27 in his previous eight games.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- Run deficit the Diamondbacks made up on May 19 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh after falling behind 7-1 before rallying for a 9-8 victory, tying the franchise record for the largest comeback win. Arizona also rallied from a six-run deficit on two other occasions -- July 15, 1998 against visiting San Francisco, and May 2 last year against the visiting Dodgers.



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