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Snake Bytes 3/31: Ahmed Paces Diamondbacks to 2-0 Start

Arizona’s offense continued to abuse Colorado pitching on Friday night as the Diamondbacks put up a five-run first and then another four runs through the fifth.

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Colorado 8, Arizona 9

The Diamondbacks jumped all over Colorado starter, Tyler Anderson in the first inning. Then, despite Robbie Ray allowing seven earned runs in five innings to let Colorado back in the game, Arizona held on long enough to allow Brad Boxberger to enter the game and pick up his first save as a Diamondback.

Ahmed’s 5 RBIs Lead the Way

Nick Ahmed really enjoys getting to hit against lefties. The slick-fielding shortstop wasted no time proving that on Friday, launching a three-run shot in the first inning. Ahmed added RBI singles in both the third and the fifth, the latter also serving as the game-winning RBI.

Diamondbacks Offense Showing Ability to Start Fast

Two Arizona Diamondbacks have posted multi-run first innings in each of the first two games of the season, accounting for eight first inning runs.

Miller Progressing Towards Return

Shelby Miller threw his sixth bullpen session on Friday, throwing 35 pitchers at about 80%. The right-hander threw all of his pitches except his split-finger. He continues to be on pace for a return to action in late-June. Randall Delgado also threw a 30-pitch session, working his way back from an oblique strain.

Orlando Hudson Thinks Marte Could Be a Cornerstone Player

“He brings excitement from both sides of the plate. He’s got great range, good arm. There’s a reason why these guys locked him up.”

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Tulowitzki Set for Double Ankle Surgery

Some Diamondbacks fans think A.J. Pollock has injury troubles. At least the Diamondbacks don’t have Tulowitzki on their roster. The Toronto shortstop has already landed back on the 60-day DL and is scheduled to have bone spurs removed from both of his ankles.

Two Games, Two Panik Homers, Two 1-0 Dodger Losses

On Thursday, Giants’ second baseman was the lone player to score in the game, hitting a home run off of Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw. He was the only player to score on Friday as well, this time hitting a home run off of the Dodgers’ star closer, Kenley Jansen.

According to STATS, Panik, who went deep off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday’s season opener, is the first Major Leaguer to hit back-to-back solo homers at any juncture of the season to win 1-0 games for his team. The Giants are also the first team since the 1943 Reds to open a season with consecutive 1-0 victories.

The Weirdness of the Chicago-Miami 17-inning Marathon

After providing the excitement of a home run on the first official pitch of the season on Thursday, Miami and Chicago provided more excitement of Friday, playing the first game of the season to spill over past midnight. The CubsEddie Butler stuck out five in seven innings of relief, but took the loss after finally allowing a single earned run in the 17th inning.