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Snake Bytes 5/19: Lamb Returns

Arizona third baseman was activated from the 10-day DL before the game on Friday night and got straight to work, batting from the three-hole in the Diamondbacks’ lineup.

Arizona Diamondbacks  v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Arizona 1, New York 3

Facing New York’s co-ace Jacob deGrom, the Arizona offense continued to struggle, striking out 16 times in Friday’s series opener.

Return of Lamb not Enough

Jake Lamb returned to action Friday night, looking to give Arizona’s struggling offense a boost from the heart of the order. Although he went 1-for-4 with the team’s sole RBI, he also accounted for three of the team’s 16 strikeouts on the night. In his defense he didn’t leave any runners on base, as the rest of the team had trouble getting on as well.

Diamondbacks Lose Souza (Again)

Having only recently returned to action, Steven Souza only managed 42 at-bats for the snakes before something went wrong during Friday night’s game. The slugging right fielder exited the game in the sixth inning after reporting pain in his previously injured right shoulder. Souza will undergo an MRI on the shoulder today with the heavy expectation that he will be headed back to the DL.

Clay Buchholz to Start Sunday

The former Boston Red Sox star will be the Diamondbacks ninth pitcher to toe the mound as a starter this season.

Diamondbacks Fighting for Local Attention

The NFL, NHL, and NBA seasons are all officially over in the valley, but the Diamondbacks recent struggles, going only 5-11 so far in the month of May, has made it difficult for the only actively playing franchise to hold the valley’s attention with the Cardinals lucking into drafting Josh Rosen and winning the first overall pick in the NBA draft lottery.

Losing Pollock not Arizona’s Only Problem

Although A.J. Pollock was on an MVP pace when he rolled his wrist and fractured his thumb on a diving catch attempt, the loss of the all-star center fielder is only another contributor to a much larger problem plaguing Arizona.

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