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Snake Bytes, 6/29: Press the eject and give me the tape

Well, at least it wasn’t one of those games where I struggled to find anything to write about...

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St Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images


[Arizona Sports] Sedona Red Recap: Godley's fourth spoils strong start in D-backs loss - Godley (3-2) went seven innings for the second straight start, holding the Cardinals to three runs on only two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He did hit two batters and uncork a wild pitch. Godley has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 10 starts this season. The D-backs put the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth but could not come up with yet another memorable moment. They had won four straight and 15 of their last 17 at home.

[] D-backs Torey Lovullo receives first ejection - As Mathis headed toward the dugout he turned and faced Reyburn and said a few things to him. Reyburn ejected him. "Obviously, it was a little early," Mathis said when asked if he thought Reyburn threw him out too quickly. "I didn't think I said anything to be run from the ballgame, but obviously he thought I did." Mathis was also asked if he was upset just about the pitch for the third strike or if it was a culmination of some of the other calls. "I think it was a culmination of a bunch of things and I think [Reyburn] knows why," Mathis said. "It extends a little bit further than the strike zone and I'll just leave it at that."

[AZ Central] Torey Lovullo, Jeff Mathis ejected in tense Diamondbacks loss to Cardinals - “I will say that D.J. Reyburn did his absolute best to call balls and strikes and moments like that erupt and situations like that happen,” he said. “But he was doing his job the best way he knew how.” Lovullo said what frustrated him the most was how quick Reyburn ejected Mathis. “I felt like his ejection wasn’t justified,” Lovullo said, adding there likely will be more times when he loses his cool. “It takes a lot to get me there, but when I get there you see what happens. I’m not afraid to show what I’m thinking and say what I’m thinking and today it happened. Like I said, I’m Italian and I get emotional and I can’t stop that train once it gets going.”

Team news

[AZ Central] Point Blanco: By telling it like it was, veteran OF Gregor may have saved Diamondbacks - "I started talking to players about that. I was like, ‘Hey, it’s spring training, let’s start playing for each other. I want to play for you. I want you to play for me.’ Stuff like that. Then all of a sudden, everybody starting fitting in.” It was a brave and bold gesture by a new face who hadn’t sweat any of the same blood as his teammates, those of whom haven’t enjoyed a winning season in six long years and were now on their third different manager in Torey Lovullo. And in walks a cocky Venezuelan thinking he can call out almost an entire roster and actually make them listen without risk of being stabbed in the back himself?

[] D-backs recall Ketel Marte from Triple-A Reno - "Nick Ahmed had a procedure where he had three pins placed into his hand that will stabilize everything and help this healing process," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "A very unfortunate moment for Nick -- he was having a tremendous year and helping team in a lot of different ways. We're all pretty bummed by this news, but we know that he's on the road to recovery. It's gonna be a 6-8 week process; the diagnosis is right now, in six weeks we'll begin baseball activities and hopefully two weeks of that activity will have him ready."

[Arizona Sports] Hazen: We certainly believe in what we're doing - “We certainly believe in what we’re doing,” D-backs GM Mike Hazen told Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station Wednesday morning. “I think night in and night out, the guys go out there for nine innings. I just think it’s a good characteristic of a team.” While he knows it’s a cliche, the mindset is something they really believe in. “It’s something that we talked to the guys about, Torey (Lovullo) talked to the guys about in spring training,” he added. “It’s something that we try to live every single day, and then you end up in situations like you have over the last few days, and I think that’s where it really manifests itself.”

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks are strikingly similar to 2001 champions - Both teams had an overpowering left-handed starter known for mastering control issues and striking out opposing batters (Randy Johnson, Robbie Ray). Both had right-hand starters infamous for pinpoint command (Curt Schilling, Zack Greinke). Both had mercurial closers known for walking the tightrope (Byung-Hyun Kim, Fernando Rodney). Both had popular role players that shared the same initials (David Dellucci, Daniel Descalso); both had MVP candidates (Luis Gonzalez, Paul Goldschmidt); and both had a bench full of clutch contributors.

[ABC15] Broken pipes lead to flooding at Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks - A source confirmed to ABC15 that a pipe burst on the press level of Chase Field on Saturday, leading to ankle-level flooding in an air conditioning control room on the stadium's surface level. A separate incident occurred Sunday after a power grid failure at about 10 a.m. resulted in power outages throughout downtown Phoenix, including Chase Field. Power was restored by 11:30, just two hours before the D-backs' game vs. the Phillies, but when power was restored, engineers discovered several leaks in the stadium's cooling and air conditioning system. At least one of the broken pipes was near Friday's Front Row restaurant in left field. As a result of the power outage and pipe leaks, fans experienced hotter-than-usual temperatures inside Chase Field during Sunday's game.

[KTVN] Four Reno Aces Named to Triple-A All Star Team - The Pacific Coast League announced the 2017 All Star team that will take place on Wednesday, July 12 at Cheney Stadium which is the home of the Tacoma Rainiers, and four players from the Reno Aces have been named to the team. The four players from the Reno Aces who were selected are infielders Ildemaro Vargas and Christian Walker, outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, and pitcher Jimmie Sherfy. “These four are bright prospects in the talented Arizona Diamondbacks organization, and we are proud to see them selected as All-Stars,” said Reno Aces President Eric Edelstein.

And, elsewhere...

[CSN Chicago] What pushed Theo Epstein over the edge in making Miguel Montero decision - Epstein said it took “probably 10 seconds” before he realized the Cubs needed to designate Montero for assignment after the veteran catcher pointed the finger at Jake Arrieta – a Cy Young Award-winning, All-Star pitcher – for Washington’s seven stolen bases. “It screamed out as something that we should do,” Epstein said. “This was not something that we would benefit from – trying to pursue a path of putting it all back together again.”

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] MLB umpire saves woman from edge of Roberto Clemente Bridge - As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to defuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below. “Obviously, that grabbed my attention,” Tumpane said prior to the Pirates game against the Tampa Bay Rays, in which the 34-year-old Chicago native was the home-plate umpire. “I asked a couple in front of me, ‘What’s this lady trying to do?’ and they said, ‘I don’t know.’ ”

[The Score] Blue Jays' beer-can thrower banned from MLB games - Ken Pagan will never be seen at a big-league game again. Pagan - who is more commonly known as the beer-can thrower from the 2016 wild-card game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles - was sentenced and convicted for his actions on Wednesday. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, with 200 hours of community service, and is banned from attending MLB games. [I wonder what will happen to the bum who rushed onto the field during last night’s Diamondbacks game?]