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Snakebytes 6/26: Nail Biter

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The team is still winning, but barely against a team they should dominate. Should it be a cause for concern?

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Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

I only got to watch the first game of the Philly series. Seems like the team is starting to sputter and spurt a bit but still eeeking out some narrow wins along the way. It sure puts pressure on Hazen to decide on making moves before the trade deadline if they want to go for the division. Maybe he’d be happy with a wildcard spot and keep the team as is. Who knows, but the ASG and the deadline approach.

Team Headlines

Diamondbacks beat Phillies 2-1 in 11 innings - A diving catch to save a run. A pickoff at second base. Rounding a base at just the right angle. A 12-pitch walk followed by the winning hit.

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VIDEO: Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco makes incredible catch vs. Phillies

'Engaged' crowds headline start of Diamondbacks' homestand - Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco darted to his left, stretched out and somehow managed to make a fly ball off the bat of the Phillies’ Odubel Herrera disappear into his glove.

Linking at-bats remain key to success - Good teams usually take advantage and jump on the opponent’s mistakes. In their current run toward the top of the National League West Division, the Arizona Diamondbacks have not had many opportunities to consider an opponent’s miscue and spring all over the mistake.

Nearing All-Star break, Miller’s absence is minimal - Though major league teams are limited to a 25-man roster from opening day until September, decision-makers like to point out that the season is won or lost with close to 35 players. For manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the issue of team depth is critical and injuries to key personnel early in the season support his notion of quality reserves.

Diamondbacks role players are stepping up big this year - The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a vastly improved team from 2016 despite having mostly the same players with no major changes.

Josh Jackson's Phoenix debut one for the all-time blooper reels - Last Friday night, at a ballpark full of more than 30,000 Arizona Diamondbacks fans, the baseball crowd was treated to a little basketball flavor when former Kansas standout Josh Jackson was invited to toss out the ceremonial first pitch.

Members of Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series team to return for Alumni Game - Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series-winning team will appear at the D-backs' sixth annual Alumni Game to be held before the D-backs' game vs. the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, July 8.

Other Headlines

LA's 10 streak: 5 wild runs, 2 Cody HRs, Kenley 2B

Week Ahead: NL West race heats up