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Snake Bytes 7/24: D-backs Unable to Comeback

The Washington Nationals take the series against the D-backs at Chase Field after a rough start by Robbie Ray.

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Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2

After a difficult 1st inning for Robbie Ray, he did settle down for the rest of his outing. Unfortunately, the D-backs have not been making their patented comebacks as often lately. For that to happen, the offense is going to need to start rolling again. Especially, in games like this one when they have a chance to make some noise against a Nationals team depending on their much-maligned bullpen after an early injury to Strasburg.

Related: D-backs, Ray Hit Around in Loss Against Nationals

Related: D-backs’ Ray Gets Roughed Up Early in Loss to Nats

Martinez Pinch-hits; Walker Back With Team

This is a good sign. Lovullo didn’t just pinch-hit Martinez to keep as a threat late in games. It seems like J.D. is practicing and almost ready to go. Rubby De La Rosa appears to be pitching well in Reno and may soon be called up as well. His services will be appreciated.

Related: Martinez Hopeful to Start Monday Against Braves

Drury Attempts to Hit Out of Slump

Drury was actually hitting quite well before his slump this last month. It was nice to see him get the walk-off hit a couple of days ago, but he is still having his difficulties. With Marte playing SS well, Owings can play 2B and Martinez can take his spot in the outfield, so there are options if Drury does not get out of his funk. But considering Lovullo loves to keep his players rested, depth is a requirement for this team.

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