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Snake Bytes 8/21: At Least Ray is Coming Back This Week

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A bullpen game didn’t work out as D-backs are swept by Twins.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Twins 12, Diamondbacks 5

The T.J. McFarland experiment didn’t pan out. Totally understandable though, the D-backs had success with bullpen games starting Delgado. McFarland has been a valuable member to this team, but he only managed one out while giving up seven runs in his start. Shipley came in to save the bullpen, going almost six innings to keep the game marginally respectable. Descalso pitched another perfect inning (I wish I didn’t care about small sample sizes). But the Twins series is over and the D-backs get to face the Mets next. The D-backs swept them last time, but that was months ago, we will see what happens.

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