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Snake Bytes 6/14: Rain Day

Greinke only allowed two hits in the rain prolonged game

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( A Greinke no-hitter? ‘It’d be more of a hassle’

But if you listen to Greinke, throwing a no-hitter is not something that is high on his list of things to accomplish. “It’d probably be more of a hassle than anything,” he said, referring to the added attention it would bring. “Just [like] the Sports Illustrated article. A bunch of nonsense comes with it. I don’t think about no-hitters, ever.”

Yup, you read that right. The historic achievement would be “a hassle.” I love Greinke

(AZ Central) Zack Greinke shuts down Nationals as Diamondbacks open series with win

Greinke was stellar. He retired the first 10 men he faced before clipping Eaton in the foot with a pitch in the fourth inning. He then retired the next seven men before Turner’s hit in the seventh. He needed only 75 pitches for 22 outs.

(The Washington Post) Zack Greinke stifles Nats, who start key homestand with 5-0 loss to Diamondbacks

“He was hitting his spots with everything,” [Dave] Martinez said of Greinke’s dominance. “Very seldom did he throw the ball out over the middle of the plate. If you look, everything was corners, corners, corners. We wanted to be aggressive early, but, like I said, when he’s on like that, he’s tough.”

Diamondbacks News

(AZ Central) Report: Diamondbacks choose architecture firm to design possible new stadium

HKS previously designed the team’s spring-training complex, Salt River Fields, which opened in 2011, as well as spring-training venues for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals and football stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team decided not to go with MEIS architects, after they so helpfully posted their own design on their website for us to find.

(The Athletic) Could red-hot Merrill Kelly convince the pitching-depleted Diamondbacks to buy?

“After blanking the Phillies for 7 2/3 innings on Wednesday, Kelly now has allowed just two runs over his past three starts. Each of them has lasted at least seven innings. In that span, he’s walked just two and struck out 18. All three – including Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Citizens Bank Park – have resulted in Arizona victories.”

The beat writers continue to try to figure out if the Diamondbacks will be buyers or sellers, but I personally think that it’s going to be a bit more nuanced than that. I’m pretty sure that any moves Hazen ends up making will be like the trades he made this past offseason: One eye firmly planted on building for the future, while the other keeps an eye on this season.

Around MLB

(AZ Central) Patrick Corbin was ‘prepared’ for difficult transition from Diamondbacks to Nationals

Patrick Corbin knew what to expect. He had prepared himself for the possibility of leaving the Diamondbacks, and he had prepared himself for seeing his former team in the opposite dugout.

But that doesn’t mean Corbin isn’t feeling a tad awkward, even if he isn’t scheduled to start against the Diamondbacks during the four-game series at Nationals Park. “A little strange seeing Arizona here today,” Corbin said prior to Thursday’s game, “a team I’ve been with my whole career.”

( Ohtani 1st Japanese-born player to hit for cycle

With his seventh-inning single, Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle. It marked the eighth cycle in Angels history, and the first since Mike Trout completed the feat May 21, 2013, against the Mariners.

( Nicky Lopez powers Kansas City Royals to win over Detroit Tigers in first MLB game played in Omaha

In the iconic moment of the first major league game in Nebraska, Lopez roped his first big-league home run into the right-field bullpen to spark the Royals to a 7-3 victory over Detroit before a crowd of 25,454.

The former Creighton star had played home games in the College World Series stadium 75 times before. The only homer he hit there while in college looked identical to this one. It came in his final home game.

MLB In Omaha Shows Potential Of Better Partnership With NCAA

The question remains what is to come of this arrangement. MLB and the NCAA haven’t been able to find common ground on much in the past, though the relationship has improved since Rob Manfred became commissioner. Will MLB in Omaha become an annual event the way the Little League Classic has? Will Manfred get his ultimate wish of holding the draft in Omaha just across the street from TD Ameritrade Park at CHI Health Center Convention Center? Or will the two entities continue to struggle to find common ground?

Snake Bites

(Eater) A Night at the Rat Bar, San Francisco’s Newest Instagram Trap

While most restaurants and bars do everything in their power to avoid rats, this one intentionally brings them inside. While charging you 50 bucks for the privilege.