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Snake Bytes 4/25: Thunder and Rain in Philly

The Diamondbacks brought the thunder and Mother Nature provided plenty of rain in the series-opener, where the Diamondbacks prevailed 8-4 despite a short outing by Robbie Ray.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Arizona 8, Philadelphia 4

Robbie Ray battled the rain and his own command issues on Tuesday night, resulting in an early exit after throwing 107 pitches in 4 23 innings of 11-strikeout work. Fernando Salas vultured the win after allowing one run in his one inning of work. On the offensive side of things, Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson went back-to-back in the third inning, while Daniel Descalso added a two-run shot of his own in the eighth, leading to a series-opening win in Philadelphia.

Ray, Avila Make Positive Strides in Victory

Robbie Ray might have only gone 14 outs into the game, but he struck out 11 and showed another up-tick in velocity while attacking hitters more directly. Meanwhile, Avila had a three-hit night at the plate, including a home run in the third inning to begin the evening’s scoring.

Avila’s Bat Wakes Up

The slumping catcher was the front half of back-to-back homers for Arizona in the third before tacking on two more hits in the 8-4 Arizona victory.

It’s Raining Homers in Philly

At least one fan in the bleachers in Philly was left with his spirits undrenched.

Arizona Sports Lowest Fan-Cost Index for 10th Straight Season

A big reason for the continued leadership in the rankings is the MLB-lowest average ticket price of $19.65.

Diamondbacks Showing Brotherly Love to fan in Philadelphia

The Gillett family of Gilbert was in Philadelphia to get a medical evaluation for 9-year-old Andrew for hip dysplasia. It turns out, the trip coincided with Arizona’s one stop in the city. The Diamondbacks decided to have the family join them on the field prior to the game so that Andrew could meet his favourite players.

David Peralta Thriving in Leadoff Slot

Despite being an unconventional sort of leadoff hitter, the Arizona left fielder is making the most of the trust that Torey Lovullo has shown in him by putting him at the top of the Arizona lineup. It’s paying big dividends for Arizona, the team with the second-best record in baseball, and the best record in the National League.

Corbin not Looking to Leave

Despite the comments made in an interview the other day in which Patrick Corbin’s lifelong love of most things New York Yankees, Patrick Corbin is not looking to leave Arizona.

“I have a home in Arizona. I’m focused on being here for the rest of this year and seeing what happens.

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