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Snake Bytes 7/20: The Offense Breaks Through

One night after letting Merrill Kelly down in his terrific start, the Arizona offense picks up Taylor Clarke in his awful one.

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Milwaukee 7, Arizona 10

Not surprisingly, things did not go well for Taylor Clarke. Coming off the IL to make the start, the right-hander only lasted 3 23 innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks with no strikeouts. Fortunately for the Diamondbacks, things were even rougher for his Milwaukee counterpart, Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin only last 2 13 innings in allowing seven runs. The Diamondbacks tacked on some more runs in the fourth and fifth innings. This proved key as Matt Andriese did his best impression of a BP machine in the seventh inning, allowing three runs while recording only one out. Yoan López came in and redeemed his poor outing from the night before, setting up Greg Holland to secure the save.

Diamondbacks Remain in WC Hunt with Victory

With the Brewers standing as one of the teams in front of Arizona in the standings, each game against the Brewers is doubly important.

Offense Rolls at Home Versus Brewers

The outburst did come against Jhoulys Chacin, so there is certainly room for all sorts of caveats. However, it sure was nice to see the Diamondbacks find a way to score in bunches without having to go on the road to do so.

Nightengale: Look for Arizona to Sell at Deadline

Despite currently engaging in two more games against one of the two teams ahead of them and currently sitting only one game out in the wild card standings, Bob Nightengale believes Arizona will eventually be sellers at the trade deadline, with Robbie Ray being the most likely asset to be moved.

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