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Snake Bytes 5/14: Baseball Happens

The D-backs were swept by the Nationals behind anemic offense and slightly problematic pitching.

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Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 4

This one was a struggle, but the Diamondbacks managed to fight their back to a tie by the 7th inning. Our old friend, Mark Reynolds, hit his second home run of the game against Archie Bradley in the 8th to put the game out of reach. The Diamondbacks were swept for the first time this season and it seems the historic nature of April and early May is gone. But it’s not like baseball is an easy sport. The D-backs maintain a 2.5 game lead in the NL West and an 8 game lead over the Dodgers. Just need to score some more runs to get out of this funk.

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Mother’s Day “special every year” for Bradley

His mom is a breast cancer survivor, making the day very special for him. Baseball is a sport that usually requires kids to have committed parents to learn it growing up. An important day for most players.

D-backs Farm Rumblings: Lamb’s Back and Clarke Might Be Getting a Call

It feels like the “Lamb is coming back soon” story has been told a lot over the last month. But he finally played in a real baseball game, so maybe this time he really is coming back.

Diamondbacks Still Standing by Slumping Alex Avila

During the Mike Hazen era so far, catcher expectations are about playing defense and working with the pitching staff. But at some point, we will need some more offense out of Avila. Hitting .130 for this long is an issue. He has a career average of .240 so hopefully that will pick up, but we are 7 weeks into the season now and it isn’t getting better yet.

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ESPN Power Rankings: Can Anyone Challenge the Evil Empire

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