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Snake Bytes 8/29: The Drought Continues in California

Arizona has now been held scoreless for 23 consecutive innings, including back-to-back shutouts against the San Francisco Giants.

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona 0, San Francisco 1

For the second game in a row, San Francisco pitching managed to keep the Diamondbacks off the board. Arizona’s offense went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Buchholz Terrific Again in Loss

Clay Buchholz continued to make his case for comeback player of the year as he tossed seven scoreless innings in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Buchholz and the Diamondbacks, the GiantsMadison Bumgarner also threw seven scoreless innings and the Giants’ bullpen proved to be the better one.

Offensive Futility Continues in Bay Area

For the second straight game, the Arizona Diamondbacks were shutout by San Francisco’s pitching. This time the shutout squandered a seven-inning gem by Clay Buchholz.

Ahmed’s Decision Looms Large

Trying to score the first Arizona run in 22 innings, Arizona’s Nick Ahmed was gunned down by a terrific relay from center field when he attempted to go first-to-home in the eighth inning of last night’s shutout defeat.

Shumpei Yushikawa Signing Raises Questions About Inking Japanese Talent

Did the Diamondbacks jump the gun and possibly break traditional protocol by luring the 23-year-old Yushikawa away from the NPB? Or were the Diamondbacks just a team that happened to be paying close attention that struck while the iron was hot?

Comparing Remaining Strengths of Schedules of Potential Playoff-Bound Teams

As Craig Edwards puts it, the difference in strength of schedule between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks is roughly equivalent to one Paul Goldschmidt.