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SnakeBytes 4/24

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Last Night's Game

Herrmann's 4 RBI Lift D-backs Past Pirates
In case you missed the game last night, the above actually did happen. Also of note: Herrmann now has three hits on the year, all for extra bases. He has either driven in a run or scored with every hit, and scored after one of his two walks. So there may not be a tremendous amount of production, but what there is, is very efficient.

Rubby, Pen Pitch D-backs Past Pirates
Before the offense exploded for five runs in the 8th (off A.J. Schugel, we win the trade signing that made us DFA Schugel!) the story was the good outing by De La Rosa. I will note that he actually pitched somewhat better against the Pirates at home last year (game score of 73, vs. 67 last night) but got no run support in a 2-1 loss. That 67 is the second-best game score on the year, trailing Robbie Ray's 68 and just ahead of Greinke's 64 on Wednesday.

Other Diamondbacks News

Goldschmidt: Results at Plate Will Get Better
In related news, water is wet, the sun will rise in the east, and the Pope is Catholic.

Shelby Miller Scuffles as Braves Call Up Blair
We lose the trade! Seriously, though, good luck to Aaron Blair as he makes his MLB debut today. While almost everyone on this site would prefer he be making it in a Diamondbacks uniform, we still wish him success (except when he pitches against the Diamondbacks, of course.)

Around Baseball

Maeda's First Four Starts Best Ever
So, I've predicted a steep drop-off for Maeda when teams see him a second time. At the moment, pitching like a normal human being would be a steep drop-off.

Today's Game

The Diamondbacks host the Pirates in the rubber game of the series at 1:10. Robbie Ray, the best starting pitcher for the D-backs so far, will take on Francisco Liriano.

And if you are on the east coast, Aaron Blair makes his debut at 1:35 EDT (or 10:35 in Arizona), taking on Jacob deGrom and the Mets.