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Snake Bytes 4/1: Yikes

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The Diamondbacks blow a 7-4 lead to lose the opening series with the Dodgers.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7

The Diamondbacks fought back after an early deficit with a seven run fourth inning. Starter Luke Weaver looked better as a hitter than a pitcher in his first start, but left the game with a lead. Late inning poor pitching, some poor luck on an AJ Pollock emergency swing and sloppy fielding put this game and series away. The much improved San Diego Padres are next.

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Kelly Will Make Major League Debut Today

Merrill Kelly was tabbed as the D-backs 5th starter soon after he was plucked out of professional baseball in Korea. Hopefully, he learned how to play deep into the game as that has yet to happen this season with the D-backs other four starters.

Luke Weaver Hits First Career Home Run Against the Dodgers

A good way to release some frustration after giving up a few early runs. I’m sure he’d rather just pitch better.

D-backs Rotation and Defense Surprisingly to Blame for Dodger Series Loss

Hard to blame the bullpen this series considering they had to pitch so many innings after brief outings by the starting rotation in four games. Hirano did give up 3 runs in this last one but only had one earned, thanks to some defensive mistakes.

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Yankees Place Stanton on IL with Strained Bicep

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A Taxonomy of Striking Out Against Position Player Pitching

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