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Snake Bytes: Settling for the Split

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Koch’s wildness before facing Mike Trout wound up being the difference in the game, forcing Arizona to settle for a split of the 2-game set in Anaheim.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Arizona 4, LA Angels 5

A two-run homer run by Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth was not quite enough to get Matt Koch off the hook for having a shaky fifth inning.

Koch Beats Himself in Fifth

Matt Koch hit a batter to open the fifth and then hit a second batter to load the bases with Mike Trout coming to the plate. Trout promptly cleared the bases, hitting the first pitch he saw for a bases-clearing single to center field. The offense tried to recover. Paul Goldschmidt did his thing, hitting a two-run homer in the ninth, but it just wasn’t enough.

Bradley Dealing with Cracked Fingernail

Bradley has flashed his devastating curveball less frequently than expected lately. It turns out, this could be because he is dealing with a lingering injury in the form of a cracked fingernail on his throwing hand.

Ray Turns in Strong Second Rehab Outing

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Yoshi Hirano’s Deception Key to Success

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