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Updated: 2017-08-20T01:47:50-04:00


Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0: Twin Losses


The 4th quarter does not look promising. I had my concerns going into this game if only for reasons outside of the Diamondbacks control. A significant portion of the Major League umpiring staff decided that they would take a stand and wear white wristbands in support of verbal attacks against Angel Hernandez and umpires across the league. It just so happened that Angel Hernandez was behind the plate for tonight’s game. Little did I know he would be the least of the Diamondbacks problems. Zack Greinke took the mound against Jose Berrios, and Jake Lamb was able to drive up Berrios’ pitch count in the 1st with a two out 9 pitch walk after relatively quick outs from David Peralta and A.J. Pollock. Paul Goldschmidt struck out on the 7th pitch of his at bat. No damage done by the Diamondbacks, but Berrios finished the inning with 23 pitches after facing only 4 batters. Zack Greinke surely could not be any worse considering how tremendous his previous start was against the Astros at Chase Field, right? Wrong. He would load the bases after allowing a leadoff single to Brian Dozier and walks to Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano. The Twins simply were not swinging on his pitches outside of the zone, and he was not painting the edges of the zone where he typically finds success. Greinke escaped the inning with no damage after Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar both popped out, but he had already thrown 30 pitches. Not a recipe for success in front of an anticipated bullpen game tomorrow night. Jose Berrios would pitch the rest of the game on auto pilot from that point forward. Brandon Drury doubled with two outs in the second inning, but Ketel Marte would pop out to leave him standing there. A.J. Pollock doubled with two outs in the third inning, and Jake Lamb struck out on five pitches to leave A.J. idle at second as well. That is it. No other walks surrendered by Berrios or Alan Busenitz for the remainder of the evening. No hits for the rest of the Diamondbacks offense. Can’t leave runners in scoring position if you can’t get them there in the first place, I guess? Greinke would actually rebound nicely in the 2nd striking out Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco finishing the frame with 11 pitches thrown. It had appeared the he just needed the additional inning to warmup and find his groove, but trouble would find him again quickly as he needed 17 pitches in the 3rd. The wheels came off completely in the 4th inning. Eddie Rosario led off the inning with a single. The defining moment in this game then came when Eduardo Escobar hit a roller to second baseman Daniel Descalso. Descalso tried to get crafty by scooping the ball and tagging Rosario in one motion in attempt to turn a double play. Instead of just going for the sure out at first, he missed the ball completely leaving runners at first and second with no outs. After striking out Buxton for a second time, Greinke gave up a single to Jorge Polanco to load the bases. Arguably, Angel Hernandez only blemish on an otherwise clean game by his standards came when he called misses on two border pitches by Greinke against Jason Castro resulting in a 4 pitch walk and allowing the first run of the game to score. 3 additional singles would follow from Dozier, Max Kepler, and Joe Mauer. The Twins would finish the inning leading 5-0 in what would be their only runs scored and needed for the victory. Greinke would leave the game after only 4 innings pitched allowing 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts for a game score of 31. Jose Berrios would last into the 7th inning with a game score of 83. J.J. Hoover pitched 2 2⁄3 innings of relief allowing only 2 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts with Silvino Bracho pitching the remaining 1 1⁄3 innings. No enormous mistakes from Angel Hernandez in his awareness day for me to place any blame on him. The Diamondbacks need to turn it around quickly because I would prefer to recap some victories. Preferably in the playoffs. Not only did the Diamondbacks not gain ground on the same night the Rockies lost, they ceded ground to the [...]

Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0



Less fireworks. Similar result.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have not scored a run against the Minnesota Twins since the 2nd inning in the opening game of the series. Zack Greinke had a pair of 30+ pitch innings tonight and failed to make it past the 4th inning surrendering all 5 runs in that frame. Arizona did not get any hits outside of Brandon Drury’s double in the second and A.J. Pollock’s double in the third. Angel Hernandez attempted to make a statement because his feelings are hurt, but called an otherwise decent game by his standards. The Diamondbacks are 1-3 on this road trip, will lose additional ground in the Wild Card pending the outcome of the Brewers versus the Rockies, and are now only 11 games above .500. I have run out of depressing things to say in less than 150 words. Full dismal recap to follow after I collect myself have a Snickers.

Preview #123: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Minnesota Twins


Zack Greinke starts for Arizona Today's Lineups ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS MINNESOTA TWINS David Peralta - LF Brian Dozier - 2B A.J. Pollock - CF Max Kepler - RF Jake Lamb - 3B Joe Mauer - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Miguel Sano - DH J.D. Martinez - RF Eddie Rosario - LF Daniel Descalso - 2B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Brandon Drury - DH Byron Buxton - CF Ketel Marte - SS Jorge Polanco - SS Jeff Mathis - C Jason Castro - C Zack Greinke - RHP Jose Berrios - RHP Still no word at time of writing from the Diamondbacks, as to who will be starting tomorrow’s game for them. I am thinking it’s probably going to be Braden Shipley, since his scheduled start for the Reno Aces never materialized. I doubt the team would want to go the bullpen route, in the middle of this streak of 20 games in 20 days, with another full week to go after tomorrow. Hopefully, Zack Greinke can get us the win here, and we can then take the series tomorrow. The D-backs haven’t won consecutive games since August 4, and I think that’s contributing significantly to the angst among a certain section of fandom. Yesterday’s win, together with the Angels loss (on a walk-off grand-slam, no less) lifted Minnesota into a virtual tie with Anaheim for the second AL wild-card, one-half game up on the Royals. Make no mistake: this is another decent team the D-backs are playing. However, despite the W-L record, the Twins have still been outscored by 54 runs, a run differential which is a whopping 152 runs worse than the Diamondbacks. If “Not allowing six home-runs” isn’t the key to the game on this afternoon’s broadcast, I’m going to be very disappointed. Brandon Drury gets the DH role today, with J.D. Martinez returning to the line-up after being a late scratch yesterday afternoon. But keep an eye out behind home-plate, where we are graced by the presence of Angel Hernandez... He and his umpire pals will be wearing white wristbands today, after Ian Kinsler “denigrated the entire MLB umpiring staff.” Their statement said, “Enough is enough. Umpires will wear the wristbands until our concerns are taken seriously by [the] Office of the Commissioner.” If you’ve been following the SnakePit this year, you can probably guess what my opinion in on this... [...]

Game #123: August 19, Diamondbacks 0, Twins 5



Pit Your Wits ‘17: Week 17



Last time around, I asked you what Derrek Hall would break next in his attempt to get the county to shell out a lot of money to him. Let’s see what you guys came up with!

Lots of rec’s this time around, with a couple red comments not making the podium. Taking first place is... Oldenschoole!

The bank

to sign J.D. Martinez, along with Goldy and A.J.

Disclaimer: my views are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the membership or management of the Snakepit nor that of Vox Media.

Chairman of the Goose Gossage for MLB Commissioner national committee.

Posted by Oldenschoole on Aug 5, 2017 | 12:19 PM reply rec (8)

In second, we find Hazzard21!

The Rockies playoff hopes

Bring out the Robot Umpires

Arizona Sports Fan

Follow me on Twitter @thetannerduke

Posted by Hazzard21 on Aug 5, 2017 | 12:13 PM reply rec (6)

And rounding out the top three, with enough recs to usually win the week, TylerO!

The stadium restrooms will entirely run out of toilet paper

and we will discover that the district is committed to buying new rolls in bulk from only one source. Price tag fro the TP: $187,000,000.00

Plus shipping.

I have a cheap economy car, but I can outrun a Hemi away from a stop light if the other driver doesn't know we are racing.

Posted by TylerO on Aug 5, 2017 | 1:25 PM reply rec (5) flag

Let’s check out where the standings are now!

Keegan Thompson-7

Very close right now, with plenty of space for newcomers. But for that we need another prompt. It’s no secret that the Diamondbacks are struggling. Some say it’s because they need to hit better. Some say we need more pitching. I think the problem is that they just have lost sight of the motivation. It’s up to you guys on how to do that. Is it hiring a new team psychologist? Hiring a mobster to meet them in the parking lot? Who knows! Go!

Snake Bytes 4/19: Un-Godley Game



Zack Godley had a rough night, and the bullpen had it even worse, as the Diamondbacks surrendered six home runs in dropping the first game to the Minnesota Twins.

Arizona 3, Minnesota 10

The game started off nicely. The Diamondbacks put two runs on the board in support of Zack Godley before he ever took the mound. David Peralta tacked on another run with an opposite field solo shot in the second. Minnesota scratched back into it with solo runs in the third and fourth innings. Then the floodgates opened, with the bullpen unable to do anything to slow the tide. By the time the night was over, the Twins had scored ten unanswered runs on the back of six home runs to cruise to an easy blowout victory. At least the ceremony honoring Ron Gardenhire before the game was nice.

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Dbacks 3, Twins 10: Twins take extended batting practice


The Diamondbacks looked to get their latest interleague series against the Twins off to a good start behind Zack Godley. Things started off well for the Diamondbacks against Ervin Santana. David Peralta got it going with a single. A.J. Pollock moved him over to second with a ground ball that was basically a swinging bunt to third base. Peralta then came home on a Jake Lamb single. Lamb took second on the erroneous throw home, putting him in position for Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy then took a 2-1 slider to right field for a single, scoring Lamb from second. After Desclaso flew out for the second out, Chris Iannetta walked, putting two on, with two outs, for Brandon Drury. However, Santana got Drury to ground out, ending the inning. 2-0 Dbacks Santana settled down a bit in the next inning. He struck out Ketel Marte on three straight pitches for the first out, and got Gregor Blanco to ground out for the second out. David Peralta, however, didn’t really care that Santana was starting to get into a groove, and he put the first pitch he saw just over the left field wall for a solo home run. Pollock followed it with a single, but Lamb couldn’t keep it going and struck out on a full count to end the inning. 3-0 Dbacks In the bottom of the second, though, the Twins began their comeback against Zack Godly. Byron Buxton hit a triple and was brought home by a Jorge Polanco double in the second. Max Kepler hit a traditional home run in the third and Buxton hit an inside the park one in the fourth, tying the game at three. It stayed that way for an inning, but the Twins struck again in the sixth. Buxton hit a one out double, putting him a single away from the cycle, and that forced Godly from the game. Jorge De La Rosa came in and threw a wild pitch that allowed Buxton to go to third and then a single to Polanco to score him. He kept it there, though, and ended the inning three batters later. Then it all kind of went to hell. David Hernandez gave up two two run home runs in the seventh, and Bracho gave up two solo shots in the eighth. That was all she wrote, with the Diamondbacks failing to make up that seven run deficit in the ninth. The Sun will come out tomorrow: David Peralta, 19.4% Rain on your wedding day: AJ Pollock, -23% We had 566 comments tonight in the GDT. DC lead the way with 84, followed closely by Justin27 and Michael McD. All present were: AzDbackfanInDc, BigSmarty, Cumulus Choir, DORRITO, DeadManG, Diamondhacks, Gilbertsportsfan, GuruB, Imstillhungry95, Jackwriter, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Justin27, LamparT, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, Oldenschoole, Xerostomia, cheese1213, coldblueAZ, edbigghead, hotclaws, kilnborn, smartplays Comment of the night is an easy one. Happy birthday, GuruB! Also Born on this day… ME! Once again.....Boycotting Taco Time for the 2017 DBacks season, since Tucson Taco Bell Owners are not honoring the promotion. by GuruB on Aug 18, 2017 | 5:00 PM reply unrec (11) actions An hour earlier tomorrow at 4:10 Arizona. Be there as the Dbacks try to even the series. [...]

Diamondbacks 3, Twins 10



This one really got away from the Diamondbacks tonight, and there was plenty of blame to go around. Zack Godly started for the Dbacks tonight and had a rare less than stellar start. He went 5 13 innings, gave up nine hits and two walks, leading to four earned runs. He did strike out ten, but when you give up a hit on three quarters of the balls that get put in play, you’re going to have a rough night. It could have just been luck, but it seemed like the Twins were really pounding the ball when they made contact.

The offense wasn’t a whole lot better. They got to Ervin Santana early, scoring two in the first and David Peralta added another with a solo shot in the second. After that, they seemed to waste every chance they got.

Things blew up in the seventh when the Twins got two, two run home runs off David Hernandez giving Minnesota an insurmountable, five run lead, which they later added to. Full recap to follow shortly.