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Snake Bytes 5/12: Oh, the Futility

The Diamondbacks’ offensive woes continued Friday night as Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals struck out 11 and held Arizona to only one run, a solo homer by David Peralta.

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MLB: Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Washington 3, Arizona 1

Matt Koch faced off against his third consecutive Cy Young Award winner on Friday night and held his own, only allowing three runs through a full eight innings of work. Despite his strong outing, Scherzer was even better against Arizona. David Peralta’s third inning solo-shot was the only scoring Arizona managed.

Goldy Sums Up Struggles After Loss

“There’s not too many different ways to say it. I just haven’t performed.”

Ever the consummate teammate, Goldschmidt is more concerned about the way his struggles are affecting those around him than what the troubles mean for him personally.

Related: Goldschmidt’s Struggles

Roster Moves to Bolster Bullpen

Jake Barrett was a member of the 25-man roster on Friday, coming up in place of Silvino Bracho. He wound up entering the game and pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Miller Pitches Three Scoreless Innings in Rehab Game

Throwing in a game for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last May 10th, Shelby Miller threw three scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s in extended spring training at Salt River Fields.

Bradley: McFarland is MVP of Pitching Staff

Arizona reliever, T.J. McFarland has been eating up plenty of important innings for the Diamondbacks this season and his teammates are noticing.

“I mean — look, the starters have been doing great. Guys like Corby (Patrick Corbin) doing his thing and (Zack) Greinke being the one, but you look at the outings this guy has pieced together ... you know what happens after those games, if he goes in there and can’t get through four innings like he’s done.”

Peralta Makes Unsung Hero List

David Peralta’s performance out of the leadoff spot in the lineup is finally starting to garner some attention.

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A Trade Fix for Each Team

Arizona’s offensive woes have Manny Machado as a prime target for the Diamondbacks.

Pace Change Rules Making Little Impact

Unsurprisingly, the pace improvement rules that have been instituted which do not address any of the real contributors to the game’s slowing pace have done little to help improve the pace of play.

The Houston Astros and the Ultra-Extreme Shift

The Astros really have Joey Gallo pegged.