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SnakeBytes 8/22: Walked off in Washington v3.0

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Alright now it's just getting ridiculous. Wade Miley gave up 8 hits and 6 walks in his 6 2/3 innings but somehow was able to keep the Nationals off the scoreboard. But in the 9th inning, a Jordan Pacheco error all but erased the scoreless outing for our pitchers as they were swept in the 4-game series. The D-backs return home for a 9-game home-stand against the NL West, starting tonight with the Padres.

Win McNamee

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I should have come got it. I found myself kind of back too far and had to rush the throw a little bit and obviously made a bad throw.

No, I had a good grip on it. I just had to rush it and, at that time, I was just caught in between and I should have come and got the ball and didn't come and get it. Obviously, our pitchers did well and in a game like that, you definitely don't want that to happen especially when your pitching staff has done so well all game. To have it end like that, it's definitely my fault. That's a horrible way to lose

- Pacheco said referring to not charging the grounder.

It was a grind. It was a battle. Those guys did a great job at the plate. They were laying off some pretty good pitches. I felt like it was bases loaded, one out every inning. I was just trying to make pitches and I was fortunate enough to get a couple of ground balls.

- Wade Miley describes his start

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