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Snake Bytes 8/11: Stifled in Cincy

Clay Buchholz was a master of efficiency on Friday and pitched seven relatively strong inning. However, the Arizona offense couldn’t solve CIncinnati’s pitching and was shutout in the series opener.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona 0, Cincinnati 3

It only took Clay Buchholz 48 pitches to complete five innings of shutout baseball on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, that effort was not enough on Friday night as Anthony DeSclafani carved up Arizona’s hitters, allowing only three hits and striking out nine in seven innings of shutout pitching.

Buchholz Loses Pitching Duel

Five shutout innings followed by two innings featuring weak flares and a bunt-hit was not enough as Cincinnati answered with a solid pitching performance of their own. While both starters completed seven innings, DeSclafani out-dueled Buchholz on Friday night, striking out nine and keeping Arizona off the scoreboard entirely.

Arizona Offense Continues to Struggle

After limping through the series against Philadelphia, Arizona’s offense continued to flounder against Cincinnati and Anthony DeSclafani. Arizona has now scored only 11 runs in the last 41 innings.

Lack of Goldschmidt Steals by Design

After spending the last few seasons establishing himself as one of the better base-running first basemen to ever suit up, Paul Goldschmidt’s adventures on the base paths have almost entirely vanished. According to Torey Lovullo, this is because Goldschmidt has been under a red light most of the season to keep him fresh and healthy.

Ahmed Developing into Two-Way Threat

He’ll never be an offensive force at the plate the way other shortstops, like Troy Tulowitzki or Trevor Storey are, but Nick Ahmed’s improvements at the plate have made him a positive contributor there. The result is that his stand-out glove now gets to contribute full value as well, making Nick Ahmed one of the better shortstops in the game.

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