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Snake Bytes 7/15: Bradley Proves Human

The Diamondbacks turned the ball over to Archie Bradley with a one-run lead in the eighth, but the dominant righty was unable to secure the victory as the Atlanta Braves managed to hit some good pitches.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Arizona 3, Atlanta 4

Taijuan Walker put his last outing behind him and pitched six innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander struck out four and didn’t walk anyone, but R.A. Dickey had his good stuff working for Atlanta. It took a seventh inning home run from Paul Goldschmidt to tie things up at two. With a one-run lead in the eighth, the Diamondbacks turned to star reliever Archie Bradley to nail things down. But an infield hit by Ender Inciarte and a mental miscue by Gregor Blanco helped the Braves get to Bradley, continuing the Diamondbacks’ struggles into the second half.

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