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Snake Bytes, 8/2: Welp...

If you’d told me we’d get rid of Lester after four innings, I’d have been quite happy. Not so fast...

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[AZ Central] Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks clobbered by Cubs as August test begins
- If Tuesday were a test, the Diamondbacks did not score well. Anthony Rizzo clobbered a pair of home runs, one of five the Cubs would hit on the night. Even opposing pitcher Jon Lester went deep, hitting one of three left-hander Patrick Corbin served up in his three innings. “We all know what type of team they are,” said Corbin, who allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and a walk. “I just didn’t have it tonight. I’ve got to get better, go out there and work. It starts with fastball command and that was something that I lacked tonight.”

[AP] Patrick Corbin can't recover from rough start, D-backs get shelled by Cubs - Adam Rosales had two hits and two RBIs in his first game with Arizona after he was acquired Monday in a trade with Oakland. Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock contributed two hits apiece, but the Diamondbacks were unable to overcome Corbin’s worst start in weeks and a rough performance by their bullpen. T.J. McFarland replaced Corbin and was tagged for seven runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Manager Torey Lovullo turned to Daniel Descalso for the eighth, and the infielder tossed a scoreless inning in his second career pitching appearance.

[] Daniel Descalso pitches in relief for D-backs - Sometimes having a position player take the mound can lighten the mood of a tough loss, and there was some laughing going on when Descalso tossed the 1-2-3 inning. "How we accept losing and know why it happens and move off of it as fast as possible is one of the good characteristics of this ballclub," Lovullo said. "Maybe that got us kick-started a little bit early. I know the guys were laughing and joking as he came into the dugout. You're looking for moments like that in games like this. We'll see how this team responds tomorrow. They've done it all year long."

Team news

[AZ Central] Could MLB move Diamondbacks amid alarm over stadium conditions? - MLB officials are so alarmed by recent equipment breakdowns at Chase Field that they might require the Arizona Diamondbacks to leave Phoenix unless the county government pays for millions of dollars in stadium repairs, an attorney for the team warned Tuesday. It's the first time the team has indicated that MLB is directly involved in the dispute, ramping up pressure in its long-running lawsuit against Maricopa County. County officials counter, however, that recent pipe failures being pointed out by the teamwere the responsibility of the Diamondbacks and were subject to routine maintenance that doesn't apply to the bigger argument over major repairs.

[Inside the 'Zona] Four Down, Two to Go: D-backs Down the Stretch - When the season began, the Diamondbacks had an 8.2% chance of making the playoffs. After one month of play, that number was up to 36.5%. Come the first of June, they were expected to make the playoffs with a 67.6% chance of seeing the postseason, and entering today’s game that number has climbed all the way to 87.1%. That number isn’t 100%, but it’s awfully good. Only the Dodgers, Nationals and Cubs have better odds on the senior circuit. If you’re in the National League, that’s a good group to be associated with. But as good as things look, the Diamondbacks aren’t out the woods yet.

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks' bats in August will make or break season - The team plays 29 games in the month of August, 16 of them against the Dodgers, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. The first two teams have the most wins in baseball and the other is last year’s World Series champion. With Ray missing at least one start and the team already counting on its bullpen and back of the rotation, the month and probably season will be swung by the offense. Arizona’s reliance on its bats was more evident than ever in the latest series in St. Louis, when the team tied the franchise record for the least runs allowed in a four-game series (five) yet managed to leave with only two wins.

[AZ Central] Hernandez happy to be back in Arizona Diamondbacks 'family' - One change for Hernandez has been the slider he picked up this year, something he said helps offset the fact he no longer throws a change-up. “It gives me three speeds to throw up there,” he said. Hernandez said he already spoke with manager Torey Lovullo about what to expect his role to be. “Fernando is obviously the closer and Archie is the setup guy,” Hernandez said. “And Torey has told me to be ready. They like to use Archie in different roles, so just be ready. That’s what I’ve been doing as a reliever. It’s always just a matter of being ready.”

[] J.D. Martinez gives D-backs offensive boost - The D-backs have been a great story this season. They were 69-93 after signing Zack Greinke a year ago, which led to the firing of both manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart. Few expected them to contend for a postseason spot this season, but here they are, positioned to land one of the NL's two Wild Card spots. It's the upside that was seen but rarely discussed in Spring Training. "I think we were all optimistic and hopeful that we had the right pieces to have something like this happen,'' Lovullo said. "We were focused on one day at a time [in Spring Training], and I think that's worked."

[ESPN] Grading the 2017 trade deadline - Arizona Diamondbacks: A. They don’t have a lot of resources to work with, and it may be that the team’s success surprised the front office a little this year. Either way, the Diamondbacks set aside any plans for retooling or flipping talent and traded for lefty-killer J.D. Martinez to bolster the lineup -- knowing they could face the left-hander-laden Dodgers in the division series -- and then added shortstop Adam Rosales and reliever David Hernandez in the final hours before the trade deadline. Within the Diamondbacks’ context, in a year in which they have a chance to win, these moves were solid and exactly what was needed, when they were needed.

[] Rosales, Hernandez, Reinheimer join D-backs - "To get the call and know that we're in a playoff race right now with the Arizona Diamondbacks is really cool," Rosales said. "I've heard nothing but great things about these guys, just a lot of solid leadership on this team already, from what I've seen. I'm going to fit in wherever the team needs me. I feel like that's where I'm really valuable. That's the kind of player I've been for the last 10 years or so -- I'll play wherever you need me to play, do whatever you need me to do and bring some good energy to the team."

And, elsewhere...

[MLB Daily Dish] MLB trade rumors: How do August trades work? - Just because the non-waiver trade deadline has passed doesn’t mean we won’t see some more moves in August. Just last year, we saw Erick Aybar, Jeff Francoeur, Carlos Ruiz, Dioner Navarro, Coco Crisp, Ben Gamel, Michael Bourn and Fernando Salas dealt in August, and this year could be even more active. We know post-deadline deals are confusing, so here’s an explainer on how they can happen: