Potent quotables: Dusty Baker is embarrassed

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“This is embarrassing. It’s like pitiful to watch. This is terrible.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker, after rookie Mat Latos and two relievers combined for a one-hitter
against his club on Wednesday night. The slipping Reds have dropped
eight of their last 10 games and are currently nine games behind the
first-place Cardinals.

“I’ll definitely be able to sleep tonight.”

Orioles rookie pitcher Chris Tillman puts things in perspective
after allowing three runs (all on solo homers) over 4 2/3 innings in
his major league debut against the Royals on Wednesday night.

”I understand and sympathize with
the fans. But fans think in the moment. A general manager has to keep
one eye on the moment and one eye on building championship teams for
the future. If I didn’t make tough decisions like this, we wouldn’t
have guys like Cliff Lee in the first place.”

– After dealing ace Cliff Lee, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro goes the high road by reminding us all that he knows better than the fans.

“Maybe I can come off the bench and get a hit at a key point and win a game or two down the stretch.”

– The rehabbing Troy Glaus, who now sounds like a former high-school football player who wants to relive his glory days.
Yes, Glaus still wears his letterman jacket and yes, he still thinks he
can throw this football over those mountains. It just might hurt
afterwords.

“Giving up a homer with two outs to the pitcher isn’t just disappointing, it’s pathetic.”

– Kenshin Kawakami expresses his frustration (via his interpreter) after serving up a three-run homer to opposing pitcher Josh Johnson on Wednesday night.

Kris Bryant on Joey Votto: “He’s the best player ever … He’s a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.”

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The Cubs wrapped up a four-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 13-10 loss to split the set. They’ll match up again against the Reds next week for a three-game series in Cincinnati. That’s good news for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, because that means he’ll get to see Reds first baseman Joey Votto some more.

As CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports, Bryant has grown quite fond of Votto. Bryant has already won a World Series ring, a Rookie of the Year Award, and an MVP Award, but he still looks up to Votto. According to Bryant, Votto is “the best player ever.” He added, ““He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. He gets a lot of (heat) about his walks and working at-bats and some people want him to swing at more pitches. But, gosh, I mean, he does an unbelievable job. You know that he’s going to give you a great at-bat every time he goes up there. It’s definitely a guy that I look up to and I can learn from.”

Bryant said that Votto is “a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.”

Bryant also explained how his approach changed by watching Votto. He said that in his rookie season, he was “swinging at everything.” Votto, however, is “aggressive, but he’s not going to swing at a pitch until he wants it.”

Indeed, in Bryant’s rookie season, he struck out in nearly 31 percent of his 650 plate appearances. This season, he has struck out in only 19 percent of his PA. His walk rate has also increased by more than 2.5 percent since his rookie campaign. Compared to last year, Bryant is down in HR and RBI, but his average is the same, his on-base percentage is markedly better, and his slugging percentage is only down by a minute amount.

Video: Daniel Descalso hits D-Backs’ third inside-the-park homer of the season

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Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso hit his team’s third inside-the-park home run of the season during Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Astros. In the top of the fourth inning, with the score 1-0 and the bases empty, Descalso ripped a 1-0, 83 MPH change-up to right-center field. The ball caromed off the wall, heading towards left field, which sent center Jake Marisnick on the chase. Marisnick tried to pick up the ball with his glove, but dropped it, which sealed Descalso’s destiny for an inside-the-parker.

It had only been five days since the Diamondbacks’ last inside-the-park home run. David Peralta hit one against the Cubs on August 12. Ketel Marte legged out his club’s first ITPHR on July 26 against the Braves.

As ESPN Stats & Info notes, the Diamondbacks have three as a team, which is amazing because the other 29 teams have hit seven combined.