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Snake Bytes 6/13: Mr. Toad’s Wild RIde Visits Chase

It wasn’t the longest regulation game in Chase history, but it sure came close. 21 runs on 23 hits, 10 walks, and 4 errors will do that.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh 8. Arizona 13

The Diamondbacks set the pace in the first inning, scoring six runs on Pittsburgh, courtesy of three errors.

Buchholz Stumbles, Pirates Trip and Fall

The Pirates committed three errors in the first inning, allowing Arizona to storm out to a 6-0 lead. Clay Buchholz cruised through the first three innings, but then ran into trouble in the fourth. An error by Arizon didn’t help matter, and suddenly the game was 8-6 in favor of the snakes with five innings left to go.

Arizona Stays Hot at Plate

Ketel Marte continued to turn things around. Jon Jay knocked his first three hits and his first home run as a member of the Diamondbacks. Murphy had a multi-hit game despite striking out three times. Arizona’s offense has now scored 51 runs over the last five games.

Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with 2nd and 3rd Draft Picks

Supplemental round pick, Jake McCarthy has reportedly agreed to sign with the Diamondbacks for $1,650,000 against a slot value of $1,834,500. Also, second round selection, Alek Thomas agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks (terms not yet disclosed). The Diamondbacks have now signed 17 of their first 21 selections and 23 of their 41 overall.

Alek Thomas Picks Diamondbacks over College

The son of the Chicago White Sox’s strength and conditioning trainer, the young Thomas had the option to sign with the Diamondbacks or attend Texas Christian University on a baseball and football scholarship, Thomas signed with the D-Backs on June 10.

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