Snake bites

Snake bites

• For the second consecutive game, Willie Bloomquist hit leadoff Sunday while Adam Eaton was slotted one spot behind in the two-hole.

"Willie just has the ability to put the bat on the ball; he has a lot of grit and determination. I like him up there and I like Eaton second," Gibson said. "Finished product, Eaton is probably a leadoff guy, but I am trying to take a little pressure off him in the two-spot."

• Since being activated from the disabled list Monday, Miguel Montero has started five of the club's six games, including Sunday. Gibson has said he would give the catcher more time off given his back issues, but a chat with D-backs head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw convinced the skipper that Montero can handle the workload.

"I just wanted to see how he was doing," Gibson said. "I talked to Ken today to get his opinion whether it's smart or just how he's doing. He observes them, watches them in the training room. He can tell how they're feeling by what they do before and after the game. It's just observations."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.