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Snake Bytes 5/31: Not Quite a Sweep

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The D-backs had an early lead that vanished with the swing of a bat. A series win still happened with the struggling Marlins next up.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reds 7, Diamondbacks 4

A sweep looked probable for about an hour. Normally, a sweep of the Reds would be somewhat expected, but the series win did give us some hope. Patrick Corbin of May did not look like the Patrick Corbin of April as he finished his month giving up 6 earned runs. Grand slams are not ideal and Corbin let the Reds back into this one by giving up one.

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