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Snake Bytes, 9/22: Take it to Coors, Dodgers

Last night's win guarantees that the Dodgers will need to wait at least until they play in Colorado to clinch the division.

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[Arizona Sports] D-backs offense leads the way in win against Dodgers - The D-backs pounded out 17 hits in a 8-4 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night to pick up their first win at Dodgers Stadium this season. The D-backs had six players with multi-hit games, led by rookie infielder Brandon Drury’s first career three-hit evening. Arizona also played some long ball with home runs by Yasmany Tomas, Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt.

[FOX Sports] Diamondbacks club 3 home runs to exercise L.A. demons, top Dodgers - "Anderson's got a lot of movement on all of his pitches, but especially that fastball. You don't see left-handers have that much sink as he does," Goldschmidt said. "When he's down in the zone, he's tough to elevate and tough to get hits off of, so you try to get him up in the zone a little bit. He made a couple of mistakes up, and we were able to hit him." Arizona scored three more runs in the fifth, extending its lead to 5-2. Anderson yielded four consecutive hits with none out, including Hill's sixth homer and Welington Castillo's RBI single.

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks beat Dodgers in L.A. for 1st time this year - Diamondbacks RHP Jhoulys Chacin gave up a pair of first-inning runs, but that ended up being all he allowed in 5 1/3 innings. It was the fourth time in as many starts with the Diamondbacks this season in which he allowed two earned runs and pitched at least five innings. "In the first two innings, I had a lot of runners on base, but after that I just tried to shut it down and throw five or six innings," Chacin said. "I was trying to mix it up more and throw my sinker down."

[] David Peralta enters late, gets big hit - Peralta was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two RBIs as he entered the game in the seventh inning. Peralta's numbers become much more mortal when facing left-handers instead of righties. With left-hander Ian Thomas on the mound in the ninth, manager Chip Hale stuck with the 28-year-old despite the matchup, and it paid off. "Sometimes we don't start him against lefties, but when we do play him, very rarely do I pinch-hit for him," Hale said. "He's proven to us that he can handle most relievers, and if he doesn't, we feel really comfortable with him in there."

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[AZ Central] Ender Inciarte’s season Gold Glove worthy - According to the Ultimate Zone Rating statistic available at FanGraphs, few have been better in the outfield than Inciarte this season. He entered Monday night’s game at Dodger Stadium with a 17.6 UZR/150 games, good for fifth best in the majors behind Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier, Houston’s Jake Marisnick, Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and St. Louis’ Jason Heyward. "He gets great jumps on balls coming in, going back," Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay said. "He covers a lot of ground."

[] D-backs measure themselves up vs. Dodgers - Los Angeles is a place where the D-backs have had more than their share of troubles. They entered Monday 0-6 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and were 2-7 last season on the road against the leaders in the National League West. "A lot of times maybe the experience factor has shown through. But there's a reason they're in first place, there's a reason they're that many games over .500. It's all the reasons we can't beat them here so far. But we're looking to change that," Hale said.

[AZ Central] Hale drops Paul Goldschmidt to cleanup spot - Hale likes Ender Inciarte’s on-base skills in place of Pollock at the top of the lineup – he noted Inciarte’s on-base percentage has improved in the second half – and said he thought Aaron Hill was a good fit for the two-hole against Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson. "We’ve got our three, four best hitters at the top of our lineup," Hale said. "If our first three guys make out in the first inning, who has the highest on-base percentage on our team? It’s Goldy. So then he becomes a really good leadoff hitter in the second inning for us."

[FOX Sports] D-backs tee off as Grace throws batting practice - Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Mark Grace discusses throwing batting practice and avoiding a few comebackers. Hwy, based on the live results last night, maybe we should get Grace behind the screen more often.

And, elsewhere...

[WSJ] Bill James and Billy Beane Discuss Big Data in Baseball - They are two of the most influential figures in the evolution of Major League Baseball, and they are inextricably linked. The data-driven decision-making that made Beane a celebrity was rooted in the work of James, whose early writings on baseball statistics formed the foundation of modern statistical analysis. But until Friday, the two of them had never actually appeared together in public

On the other hand, remember when we played the Braves last month and beat them, running Shelby Miller's winless streak to 16 games? Time for an update. Miller has lost all seven starts he has made since then, so has now extended that streak to 23 games without a victory, and is 5-16 for the season with an ERA of 3.00. Only nine pitchers in the past century have had longer streaks, and their ERAs are all five or higher. Miller's ERA during the streak? 3.65. His last win was May 17, when came within one out of a no-hitter vs. Miami.