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Snake Bytes 9/26: Dodging Defeat

The Diamondbacks managed to change the conclusion of a game that played out in all too familiar a fashion.

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles 3, Arizona 4

Contrary to recent performance, the Diamondbacks managed to survive an anemic offense, some sloppy defense, and an inability of the bullpen to close out a game, this time pulling out a win with a walk-off home run by Eduardo Escobar.

Escobar, D-backs Walk-Off Dodgers

The Diamondbacks were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday. However, as Eduardo Escobar’s ninth inning shot sailed into the seats last night, the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West was trimmed to half a game.

Escobar Walk-Off Saves Arizona

The game was a back-and-forth affair, the Diamondbacks finding new ways to give the lead back each time they took it, until the bottom of the ninth.

Lopez Throws Heat to Help Scorch Dodgers

Relief pitching prospect, Yoan Lopez, continues to make the most of his September audition. On Tuesday, the Cuban right-hander hit 99 mph on the radar gun as he recorded an eighth inning, one-run hold.

Christian Walker Requires Surgery

Kenta Maeda’s wild pitch which struck Christian Walker in the face has left the Arizona slugger with a fractured sinus that requires surgery.

Paul Goldschmidt wins Fourth Annual Luis Gonzalez Award

The Louis Gonzalez Award is given to the Arizona Diamondback who “best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.” This is the fourth time the award has been given out. Chris Owings won the award in 2016. Paul Goldschmidt has now won the other three.

How the Diamondbacks’ Season Fell Apart

On May 1, the Diamondbacks were six games ahead in the NL West at 21-8. Since then, the Diamondbacks have the fifth-worst record in the NL, including a stretch from August 23 to September where they went 5-17, a half-game worse than the 111-loss Baltimore Orioles.

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