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Snake Bytes 8/13: Time to Build a Lead

The Diamondbacks finally beat the Reds to avoid a sweep and take a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.

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Diamondbacks 9, Reds 2

Goldy and Godley did their jobs today and the win became relatively easy. Perhaps like it should of been for the first two games of this series. Goldy smashed two home runs and Godley continues to look like he did last year, while improving his record to a gaudy 13-6. David Peralta hit another homer to build on his hot streak. The Rangers are next with Greinke on the hill. A two-game sweep will ease the pain of two losses in Cincinnati and hopefully capitalize on the Dodgers inability to finish games of late.

Related: Paul Goldschmidt Homers Twice as Diamondbacks Beat Reds

Goldy Set to DH for D-backs in Texas

Rather than giving Goldy more days off, Lovullo has apparently to decided to halt the stolen bases and give DH opportunities to the guy who hates to take a day off.

D-backs Farm Rumblings

The D-backs farm has been getting the job done lately. Kevin Cron keeps hitting homers, Vargas just ended a 34-game hit streak. Pitchers Jaime Westbrook and Jon Duplantier continue to show promise.

How the D-backs Playoff Appearances Stack Up

In terms of percentages, only the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks 30% playoff appearances per year. Of course, many teams win the raw numbers of appearances and many of those teams played during eras without a wild card and smaller divisions. But still, an interesting statistic that hopefully improves in a couple of months.

Archie Bradley Searching for Ways Out of Recent Funk

A good idea for Archie to figure it out. Losing games in the 8th inning hurt almost as much as losing them in the 9th inning.

Around MLB

Signed Ball by Inaugural Hall of Fame Sets Record

A ball signed by the likes of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth in 1939 went for over $600k, breaking a record. I’m almost surprised such a treasure didn’t top a million. Only Gehrig is missing who was too sick to sign. Baseball has so many stories to tell.

Rockies 4, Dodgers 3

The Dodgers lost this one on a walk-off walk by our old friend Chris Ianetta. There was a slight delay in the celebration for such a feat to make sure everyone advanced to the next base. Good stuff but now the Rockies are climbing back up into it.