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Snake Bytes 4/24: Weaver Great Under Pressure

The Diamondbacks pulled off a narrow win on Tuesday, relying on 6 1⁄3 strong innings from Luke Weaver and the aid of instant replay to eek out a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

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Arizona 2, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams was in fine form on Tuesday, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, while striking out four. Fortunately for Diamondbacks fans, Luke Weaver was up to the challenge. The hard-throwing right-hander contributed 6 13 innings of his own, striking out seven, while allowing only one measly rrun to score. The difference in the game came in the sixth inning when speedster Jarrod Dyson bolted home on a pitch in the dirt. The play was close and he was initially called out. However, instant replay overturned the call, giving Dyson the go-ahead run on a head-up play.

Luke Weaver Tosses Another Gem

It was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Luke Weaver was up to the challenge. Weaver scattered six hits and a walk across his 6 13 innings of work. He struck out as many as he allowed to reach base. The Pirates tagged Weaver for a couple of doubles early, one of them scoring. He then had to work his way out of a first-and-third situation in the third inning. That seemed to zero him in. Over the next three innings, Weaver faced the minimum nine batters.

Weaver, Dyson Spark Victory

Luke Weaver did his part, limiting the Pirates to just one run. Dyson picked up his pitcher, by flying home from third on a pitch in the dirt.

Eight Below-the-Radar Rookies Garnering Attention

We’ve been covering Christian Walker quite a bit here at the pit. He ‘s joined by teammate, Yoan Lopez on the list.

Around Baseball

KBO is De-Juicing Balls

While MLB continues to come under fire for balls being juiced for the last two seasons, Korea’s KBO is going the other direction in an attempt to reduce how hitter-friendly the league is.

Wheeler First 100/100 Pitcher of 2019

Earlier in the month, Zack Wheeler hit 100.6 on the radar gun against the Atlanta Braves. While the velocity was not there for his pitches on Tuesday night, it was for his batted ball. Wheeler became the first pitcher of 2019 to both throw a pitch that touched 100 mph and to have an exit velocity of 1000 mph or greater when he launched his first career home run off of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Zach Eflin at a blistering 101.4 mph.

Mondesi Does Impersonation of The Flash

The Kansas City Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi took it upon himself to score from second base on a wild pitch Tuesday night.

Just for Fun

Eric Byrnes Sets Guinness Record in Golf

The former Arizona Diamondbacks on-field mascot and left fielder set a Guinness Book record by playing 420 holes of golf in a 24 hour span. The feat was part of his attempt to raise awareness of the “Let Them Play Foundation”. Good on you, Eric.