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Snake Bytes 7/31: July is Finally Over

The Diamondbacks finish July with two losses. The game itself and Chris Owings to a broken finger.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2

This is one of those games that missed opportunities against a struggling pitcher early on in the game can be blamed for the loss. Lance Lynn labored through the first few innings struggling with his command giving up 5 walks. The D-backs showed some questionable situational hitting with runners on the bases. Taijuan Walker was swinging for the fences with a runner on third and less than two outs. Chris Owings (51 RBIs) tried to lay down a bunt with two outs and the bases loaded. Come on Taijuan, you already hit a bomb to celebrate your fatherhood, please go back to trying to make solid contact. As for Owings, it turned out very badly. But July is over and August baseball can commence.

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Owings Returns to Arizona With a Broken Finger

Chris Owings has been important to the D-backs success this year. His utility will be missed more than his SS play. Ketel Marte will now be the everyday shortstop, but that might of been the case regardless. If Brandon Drury can get out of his slump, the D-backs will be able to weather this storm while they wait for Ahmed and Owings to return to action, hopefully by September.

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