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Snake Bytes 4/21: Offense, Oh where art thou?

Nearly no-hit, the Diamondbacks played some sloppy ball on Friday night and scored fewer than four runs for the fifth consecutive game, a span in which they have also struck out 62 times.

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MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego 4, Arizona 1

Tyson Ross took a no-hitter into thee eighth inning. The Diamondbacks committed three errors in the game, including two by sure-handed Nick Ahmed and Brad Boxberger allowed three runs in the ninth without recording an out. It’s safe to say that last night was the team’s worst game of the season so far.

D-backs Avoid No-Hitter

Christian Walker drilled a run-scoring double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break up Tyson Ross’ bid to pitch the first no-hitter in Padres’ history.

Koch Impreses in Arizona Loss

Largely forgotten in the dramatics of Tyson Ross’ performance was the outing by Matt Koch, filling in for the injured Taijuan Walker. Making just his third-career start, Koch held the San Diego Padres to one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings.

Diamondbacks Unveil Kevin’s Tower

Honoring former GM Kevin Towers, the Diamondbacks re-named the suite he used to sit in to watch games to Kevin’s Tower, marking it with a commemorative plaque.

Diamondbacks Help Launch Food Pantry

The Arizona Diamondbacks were leaders both in the National League West and the community on Friday as they joined forces with St. Mary’s Food Bank to inaugurate a food pantry for kids in need at William Jack Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz.

Diamondbacks’ Bullpen Getting Familiar Results

The built-on-the-cheap Arizona bullpen entered Friday night’s game with a major league best 2.02 ERA.

Archie Bradley and Jim Thome

Archie Bradley might be one of the very best relievers in the game today. That doesn’t stop him from being an unapologetic fanboy when he interviews with Hall of Famer, Jim Thome.

Corbin Pounding Outside the Strike Zone

More pitchers than ever are intentionally missing the strike zone, and the Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin is one of those leading the way.

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The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball

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