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Updated: 2017-05-25T23:06:48-04:00

 



Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 0: Hoo-Ray!

2017-05-25T23:06:48-04:00

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Robbie Ray threw a gem and the Diamondbacks took the first game of the series from Milwaukee

They say you should never yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater, but after the conclusion of Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS I did in fact yell “F***” in a theater being worked on for the opening of a production of Chicago, so the Brewers have inspired a visceral response always *snap snap* and all that jazz.

Two pitches in the game, Gregor Blanco hit a solo homer to give the Diamondbacks an early 1-0 lead off of Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (Fun fact, 3 of 4 games in this series will feature a pitcher named Zach/k)




Snake Bytes, 5/25: Brooms R Us

2017-05-25T11:30:02-04:00

A bumper collection of content here. Get a coffee, and a slice of cake. For this makes sweet reading... Recaps [AZ Central] Diamondbacks keep rolling, now 10 games above .500 - “It was a nice win, a nice team win,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think everybody from top to bottom, basically, contributed.” That’s how it’s gone for much of this season, Lovullo’s first as a major-league manager. On Wednesday, he was forced to wriggle his way through a game a little unconventionally. Randall Delgado, making a spot start, pitched four innings and was charged with only one earned run in his first starting appearance in nearly two years. Five other relievers chipped in to finish things off, and the Diamondbacks leaned on a six-run fifth inning to sink the Sox. [MLB.com] D-backs' bullpen day strategy pays off - Randall Delgado got the start -- his first since 2015, when he made one spot start -- and he gave the D-backs the four innings they hoped for while allowing just two runs (one earned). "I think I did pretty well," Delgado said. "I was trying to concentrate and do my stuff trying to help the team with everything. The team played awesome again." Said D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, "For Randy to give us what he did at the beginning of the game, just everyone, really, coming in doing their job. They got in a few sticky situations, but got out of it and Rodney comes in and does his thing." [Arizona Sports] D-backs complete sweep of White Sox in bullpen game - Dropped to seventh in the lineup with a lefty on the mound, Lamb homered for the second time in the series and sixth time in his last eight games overall. It was a 91-mph fastball that Lamb clubbed over the left-field fence in the fifth inning for his 13th of the season. The two-run shot handed the D-backs their first lead, 4-2. Of course, the D-backs were not done in that fifth inning. Four more runs scored on RBI by Ahmed, Owings and Drury. Ahmed plated a pair with a single up the middle. Coupled with his earlier double, Ahmed recorded his sixth multi-hit effort of the season and first since May 13. [AP] D-backs complete sweep, move 10 games over .500 - Lovullo plans to keep playing Lamb against left-handers. The only difference is he is dropped from cleanup to seventh in the batting order. “Jake is going to continue to grow and learn every area of the game, so when he does something like he did today it doesn’t surprise me,” Lovullo said. “I know he’s working hard to have those moments.” Lamb has hit home runs in two straight games and five of his last seven. He knows he has work to do against left-handers. “I obviously know what’s going on,” he said. “At the same time, I’m not putting any extra pressure on myself. I’m just happy where I’m at mentally. I’m in a good spot. The results will come with more ABs and me continuing to work at it.” Team news [AZ Central] Time for Diamondbacks to prove their worth – on the road - When Lovullo was asked about the home-road splits earlier this year, he shrugged them off, saying the sample size was too small. But the Diamondbacks have played 48 games and when the question was asked again of Lovullo on Wednesday, he responded differently. “It probably is enough of a sample size but I know there’s enough time built in for it to change,” Lovullo said. “If it’s the end of August or September and it’s the same thing, we’re going to have to figure out how to manage playing on the road a little differently. I just know we have a tremendous comfort level in scoring runs and playing here. I think these guys are going to figure out how to do that (on the road).” [MLB.com] D-backs begin crucial road trip - "I know that our road record isn't perfect," first-year manager Torey Lovullo said after the three-game sweep Wednesday. "But I think they've got to resist doing anything differently than they've done all season. I think that the worm will turn on the road. We have a long, extended road trip. Let's play how we've been playing, and see how[...]



Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/24/17: Another Duplantier scoreless start

2017-05-25T10:30:01-04:00

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Jon Duplantier once again delivered a scoreless outing, his 6th in 9 appearances (8 starts).

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Kane County RHP Jon Duplantier 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, GS 72, W (5-0)

2 Stars: Visalia 2B Henry Castillo 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

1 Star: Visalia RHP Ryan Atkinson 5 23 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 10 K, GS 50, L (2-2)

0 Stars: Visalia RHP Cody Clark 1 13 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 inherited runners scored

Reno Aces 0, Iowa Cubs 5: Eric Jokisch allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, but bad defense and offensive support doomed the Aces from the get-go. The team collected 5 hits and 9 baserunners for the game, but went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Oswaldo Arcia had the only extra base hit in the game for the Aces and also drew a walk in 4 plate appearances. Matt Stites allowed a run in the 8th and Silvino Bracho struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Jackson Generals rained out

Visalia Rawhide 3, Stockton Ports 7: Ryan Atkinson pitched better than what his final stat line shows, which is 4 runs in 5 23 innings. Atkinson struck out 10 and walked 2, leaving with a 2-0 deficit. Cody Clark proceeded to allow both inherited runners to score in addition to 2 runs of his own in the 6th on a homer, then allowed a solo shot in the 7th. The offense was unable to overcome such a bad relief outing, although Henry Castillo did deliver a 2-run double in the top of the 7th.

Kane County Cougars 3, Burlington Bees 0: Jon Duplantier continues to dominate the Midwest League. The #2 prospect pitched his 6th scoreless appearance, all of which are 5 or more innings, with 6 scoreless. He walked none, struck out 2, and got 11 ground ball outs. The offense once again was enough, with 1 run of support behind Duplantier and getting 2 more after he threw his final pitch. #4 prospect Marcus Wilson went 1 for 2 at the plate with 2 walks and a run scored. The bullpen was outstanding, with 3 scoreless innings from Wei-Chieh Huang and Tommy Eveld, striking out 4 hitters.




Why I'm a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks: Geographical randomness

2017-05-25T09:00:02-04:00

Welcome to the refreshed AZ SnakePit! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules]. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! Back in the mid-nineties, I was living in London, and writing a movie fanzine called Trash City. One day I received a letter from a wannabe subscriber in Phoenix containing $20. We discovered a mutual interest in Monty Python. Fast-forward two decades: I’ve moved to Arizona, discovered the joys of baseball, and married that subscriber - proposing to her immediately following Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. As Mrs. SnakePit frequently reminds me, it’s the best twenty bucks she ever spent. That’s the short version, and it’s plausibly horrific, that if she’d been living in Los Angeles, I’d be a Dodgers fan now. BRB, got to take a shower... But at the time, there was no major-league baseball in Phoenix. On my first visit here, in 1997, we went downtown and stared into a pit, trying to figure out where home-plate might be, the bleachers could be located, and so forth. It was only later, we discovered we were at the wrong building site entirely. But the future Mrs. SnakePit kept me informed, sending me memorabilia like a Travis Lee rookie card as the franchise started, and I religiously made trips into central London, to pick up a copy of Baseball Weekly from the only shop which sold it. [This being largely pre-Internet and certainly pre-baseball-reference.com. Kids, ask your parents!] I moved out on a permanent basis in November 2000, and unsurprisingly, the following year was the one which tattooed my heart with a D. I just wish I’d been able to appreciate my first full season more. I didn’t realize at the time, what a once in a lifetime thing it was, to have Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling going every five days. Having reached the World Series in my first season, I naively presumed we’d get there every year, so I’d have plenty more chances to buy seats to Game 7. Yeah. About that. So, we instead watched at Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale. As I sat there, it struck me, it'd be a memorable moment to propose. Not if we lost. That would be totally disheartening for us both. But I made a quiet vow to the baseball gods. Let us win this one, and I'll make an honest woman of the lady next to me - who had no inkling of this at all. I spent the time between pitches working out what I was going to say and after Bautista doubled Finley home in the sixth, started practising my speech. However, matrimonial prospects dwindled as the Yankees tied the game, then took the lead. When Rivera fanned our guys in the 8th, things looked bleak indeed for wedding-dress suppliers in the Phoenix area. Of course, we know how this ends. Grace singles; Rivera can't handle Miller's bunt; Womack doubles down the line; Counsell takes one for the team. And then, glory of glories, Gonzalez fists one off his knuckles and it floats through the air to land on the outfield grass. Crowd goes wild, strangers are hugged: everyone went through that. But I dropped to my knees, and poured my heart out to my one true love, asking her to spend the rest of her life with me. It was epic, a proposal that would go down in legend, truly one for the ages. Unfortunately, due to the frenzied delirium in Farrelli's at that moment, she didn't hear a word of it. I’m fairly sure the second proposal was nowhere near as eloquent, but it did the job. She accepted, we were married the following July, and are now approaching 15 years of wedded bliss. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m a Diamondbacks fan. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SB Nation Why Are You a Fan Reader Sweepstakes s[...]