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SnakeBytes 9/10: A Petit Dejeuner

Yusmeiro Petit was superb once again against the Diamondbacks and Wade Miley was quite the opposite, with a high pitch count and waning effectiveness in the loss. Josh Collmenter looks to continue proving doubters wrong and prove he belongs in the starting rotation in 2015.

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see guys, it's not that hard
see guys, it's not that hard
Jason O. Watson

Control Problems lead to loss |
Wade Miley struggled with his command and it cost him as well as his team, as the Giants beat the D-backs, 5-1, on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Right from the get-go, it was clear things were going to be a struggle for Miley. His lack of command caused his pitch count to soar early, and he was able to last just two innings.

Giants' Yusmeiro Petit dominates Diamondbacks |
Wade Miley threw two erratic, ineffective innings and the San Francisco Giants, behind an efficient, complete-game effort from RHP Yusmeiro Petit, cruised to a win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Giants look to keep rolling |
He'll be opposed by Josh Collmenter, who has dominated in his last three starts, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits in 21 2/3 innings in that span to compile a 2-0 record and 0.83 ERA. A win Wednesday would give Collmenter a career high with 11 for the season. He was awful Aug. 17 against the Marlins and his velocity was down, so there was speculation that he was tired. He's already surpassed his innings total from last season. So much for that.

Ziegler's operation more complicated than expected |
D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee Tuesday, a more serious procedure than initially anticipated. The procedure is known as microfracture surgery because tiny fractures are made in the underlying bone of the knee to help new cartilage to develop.

D-backs bolster bullpen, call up Spruill |
The D-backs added some depth to their bullpen Tuesday by recalling right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill from Triple-A Reno. Reno is chasing a Pacific Coast League and Triple-A championship so Spruill was a bit torn about leaving, but was certainly glad to be back in the big leagues.

Diamondbacks' Corbin, Hernandez play 'exciting' catch |
"It was just good to know we're able to throw a baseball again," Corbin said. "My elbow felt fine, shoulder felt fine. It's just something that we have to get used to again. We haven't really touched a baseball in six months."

Diamondbacks can't decide sabermetrics philosophy
The organization had a full-time analytics person on staff even before Josh Byrnes became general manager in the fall of 2005, at which point the organization shifted more significantly in that direction. While Byrnes probably was never as Moneyball-driven as his reputation would suggest, he did surround himself with a host of numbers-savvy executives. The Kevin Towers era saw the club shift in the opposite way.

Around the MLB

Baseball America names Kris Bryant minor league player of year | CSN Chicago
Kris Bryant put up a minor-league season for the ages and he continues to get rewarded for it. Almost a week after USA TODAY tabbed the Cubs prospect as the 2014 minor league player of the year, Baseball America handed Bryant the same honor.

Kolten Wong makes a ridiculous catch

Adam Jones' back-to-back blast |
9/9/14: Adam Jones goes back-to-back with Alejandro De Aza to become the first Orioles outfielder to hit 25 homers in five straight seasons

How Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura Became the King of Controlling the Running Game |
"I consider it a fifth pitch," Kansas City Royals starter James Shields says of controlling the running game. His old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, considered it "one of the biggest things we did all season long." When the Royals acquired Shields in December 2012, he found that "they believed the same thing."

Video: Must C: Padres score on 3 errors |
9/8/14: The Dodgers melt down for three errors on one play as the Padres score a pair of runs on a routine fly ball to center field

Video: Inciarte's solo homer |
9/9/14: Ender Inciarte crushes a solo home run that splashes into McCovey Cove in right to cut the D-backs' deficit to two runs