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MLB: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 1

[D’backs.com] Corbin’s struggles continue against Mets - Many thanks to the Stokes Family for your tremendous hospitality last night. I cannot thank all of you enough for the experience. For those of you who did not see, the New York Mets had a substantial following in right field last night. They call themselves the Line 7 Army, and the group paraded into Chase Field last night like they owned the place. From what I learned, the group started when a single person began making t-shirts imploring Mets ownership to sell the team a few years ago. Think AZ Brute Squad, but on performance enhancing drugs. They travel all over the country with their team. The Arizona franchise has a long way to go in order to reach that level of fandom.

[AZ Central] Patrick Corbin knocked around as Diamondbacks’ win streak snapped by Mets - Oh yeah, the game. Sorry about that. We watched the contest from the suite next to the Diamondbacks’ dugout which offered a field level perspective. I tried to get Jim to offer Patrick Corbin some mechanical advice after the 2nd inning, but he wisely diverted me back towards my beer. Probably for the best. Corbin was getting hit hard early. Michael Conforto blasted a 112.4 mph three run shot off of Corbin in the 2nd into the eager hands of the Line 7 Army. Corbin departed the game after the 6th inning having allowed 8 hits , 2 walks, 5 earned runs, and striking out 7. It could have been worse without some fine defensive plays in the outfield from Chris Owings. That’s what I get for beating up on Owings earlier in the week.

“I just have to do a better job of getting ahead of guys,” [Corbin] said. ”We fell behind on a couple of curveballs there and missed arm-side with a couple fastballs. You’ve got to throw quality strikes early on and they got a couple hits on the first pitch as well.”

[Arizona Sports] Patrick Corbin hit hard for second straight start, D-backs fall to Mets - Arizona certainly had plenty of opportunity offensively. Our contingent refused to surrender hope after witnessing what the Diamondbacks had done to the Pirates when down 5-0 earlier in the week. The D’backs loaded the bases with two outs in the 7th on singles from Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso followed by another hit by pitch from Jon Jay. Nick Ahmed tried to squeak a liner through the middle of the infield, but it was impeded by the mound resulting in no runs scored. Although Goldy drove in the team’s only run on a ground out, he went hitless thus ending his 11 game hitting streak. #SkepticalGoldy has a bone to pick come Meme Monday...

Diamondbacks News

[Arizona Sports] D-backs RHP Shelby Miller dominant in fourth rehab start - Shelby Miller took his fourth rehab start, this time pitching at Single A Visalia. He threw 6 23 innings allowing 3 hits, 10 strikeouts, and no walks. 56 of his 81 pitches were strikes, and his fastball was touching 95 mph. He has stated throughout his entire rehab that he is less focused on the results in his rehab starts and is more concerned with his command. Robbie Ray will attempt to hit 70 pitches in his next rehab start, so the starting rotation is very close to having a much needed boost provided both men perform well upon their return.

[The Athletic] When the Diamondbacks’ pitching gets healthy, who goes? - Tough roster decisions lie ahead as players near their return which could result in some roster cuts. It’s difficult to see the team continue to carry 3 left handed pitchers out of the bullpen. T.J. McFarland’s job is likely safe because of the length he provides and the results he has posted. Who would be your odd men out?

[AZ Central] Red-hot Paul Goldschmidt has led Diamondbacks offense to power surge in June - Outside of last night the D’backs have been hitting extremely well in the month of June after an abysmal May. They are near the top of the league in numerous offensive categories for the month of June going from one end of the extreme to the other. Throwing A.J. Pollock back into the fold when he returns should only help matters through the dog days of summer.

“I think we have always been capable of doing this, and our track record in the past year and several months says this is who we are and what we do on a nightly basis,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “That’s what made the streak so awkward and frustrating for those three weeks. We just had a tough time squaring up the ball. I think this is really who we are and it continues to get defined every night as to what we’re capable of doing.”

Around the League

[Sports Illustrated] Evan Longoria Expected to Miss Six to Eight Weeks Following Surgery On Fractured Hand - The San Francisco Giants have suffered yet another injury to a key player. Third baseman Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch on Thursday resulting in a fractured hand. He hopes to be back shortly after the All Star Break, but I’d consider that to be optimistic given how long A.J. Pollock was missed with a similar injury in 2014. San Francisco was just without first baseman Brandon Belt for two weeks after he had an emergency appendectomy, and currently has Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto on the shelf.

[CBS Sports] MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says talk about a universal DH has ‘probably moved a little bit’ - Allow me to insert this in order to start an argument and run up the comment count on a Sunday afternoon. #Troll. MLB pitchers collectively are -25% worse than league average (not twenty five percent, negative twenty five percent) in weighted runs created adjusted for park factors and run environment in 2018. It’s such a ridiculous line that I have a difficult time even comprehending how it is even possible. That’s the equivalent of turning an exam and having the professor score you below 0% because of how incompetent you are, and for wasting her time. Since the Diamondbacks entered the league, 7 of the 10 worst seasons measured by that yardstick have come within the years 2010-2018. In other words, pitchers are not getting any better at hitting folks. I love #PitchersWhoRake just as much as the next guy, but the numbers don’t lie that it’s barely happening. I totally get the romance of watching a pitcher do something special at the plate. I lost my freaking mind at Chase Field when Archie Bradley hit his triple in the Wild Card, but there needs to be consistency among the leagues. Just remember that if the National League adopts the designated hitter we might extract some value out of Yasmany Tomas Christian Walker.

[ESPN] Famous fathers, slugging sons: Vlad Jr., Bichette and Biggio - I find it somewhat interesting and surprising how many sons of former MLB players are playing together on the same minor league teams. Nick Lovullo and Tate Matheny play together in the Boston Red Sox organization for the Portland Sea Dogs. That resulted in a fairly hilarious moment on Twitter between the two after an early season scuffle between the D’backs and St. Louis Cardinals, both teams managed by their fathers. Even more impressive is the Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, which boasts Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio. Quite the cheering section present in the stands for that trio on occasion.