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Snake Bytes, 7/13: Starting Off Right

Robbie Ray had one of his best performances of the year. Jake Lamb found his bat. THe bullpen did its job. Can’t ask for much more than that.

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Arizona 4, St. Louis 2

Robbie Ray pitched 6 13 innings of one-run baseball. He struck out eight and walked only two, showing yet more signs that he is finally coming around again this season. Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, and Jake Lamb all went deep. Greg Holland managed another save, walking one, but striking out two to secure the victory for Arizona.

Robbie Ray Turns in Dominant Start

The left-hander gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out eight. The victory pulled Arizona to within a half-game of the Phillies for the second Wild Card slot.

Ray Keeps Cards, Goldy Off Balance

Two of Robbie Ray’s strikeouts came at the expense of former Diamondbacks star, Paul Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt Reflects on Trade, Facing Old Team

Paul Goldschmidt had nothing but good things to say about his time in Arizona while down[laying any significance in facing off against the Snakes in Arizona.

Related: By the Numbers, Goldschmidt Since the Trade

Eight Months Later, Hazen Declines Victory Lap (The Athletic)

Eight months after trading away the face of the franchise to the St. Louis Cardinals, Mike Hazen’s return if looking mighty good. Cautious to the end, Mike Hazen is not taking any victory laps over how things have turned out thus far.

Three Pitchers Holding Key to Arizona’s Postseason Hopes

If the Diamondbacks are going to make a run at October baseball, they are going to need continued contributions from the likes of Merrill Kelly, Greg Holland, and Alex Young.

Diamondbacks on Brink of Stolen Base Frontier

This nugget from Fangraphs was discovered yesterday by the Pit’s Sean Testerman. The Diamondbacks, under the direction of Dave McKay, are doing great things on the base paths.

The Fork in the Road

The Rattle’s Josh Inman looks at the looming trade deadline decisions that face Mike Hazen and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Around Baseball

While Honoring Tyler Skaggs, Angels Throw No-Hitter (The Athletic)

The Los Angeles Angels played their first home game since the passing of Tyler Skaggs. After having his mother throw out the first pitch, the pitching staff combined to throw a one walk no-hitter.

Wearing 45, Angels Throw No-Hitter

Wearing number 45 to honor recently deceased teammate, Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels pitched a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Skaggs’ mother started the night off with a perfect ceremonial first pitch. Mike Trout had a huge night at the plate, driving in six runs. Once the game was over, the team covered the mound in their honorary #45 jerseys.

Seven Players Most Likely to be Traded

Despite having a mediocre season, Madison Bumgarner still leads the way when it comes to trade deadline buzz.