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Snake Bytes 8/6: Tough Loss

It is very difficult to win a 4-game series, but perhaps necessary to stay ahead of the Dodgers.

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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 3

The Diamondbacks couldn’t pull off the series win. Apparently, it is hard to beat the Giants without a 5-run first inning. Also, it is becoming clear that Archie Bradley is merely good this year, compared to last year when he was great. He gave up a key homer to Longoria and that was the game. The next two months for the Diamondbacks could use greatness out of Archie.

Next up is the first place Phillies. Godley will be on the mound looking to continue his recent hot streak. Godley has an identical recored of 12-6 as Greinke with an ERA 1.50 higher. Keep up the run support and we will be fine.

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