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Snake Bytes 8/11: Shutout

The D’backs were unable to continue their winning ways against a previously struggling Kenta Maeda.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 0, Los Angeles Dodgers 4:

[D’] D-backs’ roll interrupted by Dodgers’ Maeda - The D-backs felt good about themselves and their chances heading into Saturday night’s game with the Dodgers. They had pulled a come-from-behind win in extra innings the night before that included Archie Bradley jawing with the Los Angeles dugout after securing the save. On top of that, Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda had been struggling while D-backs starter Alex Young was on a roll. “I felt really good about today’s game when I got here,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I felt like there was tremendous energy.” But instead of their fourth straight win, the D-backs suffered a 4-0 loss, which caused them to fall to 2 1/2 games back in the National League Wild Card standings. The Nationals and Brewers are tied for the top Wild Card spot and the D-backs have three other teams -- the Cardinals, Mets and Phillies -- ahead of them.

[Arizona Sports] D-backs unable to produce offensively, fall to Dodgers - It is the fifth time in Maeda’s career that he has pitched seven or more scoreless innings in a start. Dodgers’ left fielder Joc Pederson, who entered the game in the fourth inning, had a nice play in the sixth when he ran into the wall to rob Alex Avila of a hit. Pederson was temporarily dazed after his right shoulder slammed into the wall, but he remained in the game. Caleb Ferguson, Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen pitched the final two innings as the Dodgers recorded their major-league leading 13th shutout of the season and second of the homestand.

[AZ Central] Kenta Maeda, Dodgers stonewall Diamondbacks to even series - If it is going to happen or the Diamondbacks, it will have to wait at least another day. After an emotional and dramatic victory the night before, they turned in a dud of a performance on Saturday, going down quietly by a score of 4-0 at Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks had only four hits, all singles, the fourth time in the past 12 games they could not collect an extra-base hit. They were held in check by Kenta Maeda and two relievers, failing to hit a single ball in the air at least 100 mph. “You can’t really explain it sometimes,” Lovullo said. “You throw out 10, 12 hits the night before and you have four singles, but we’ve got to turn the page.” In the bigger picture, the Diamondbacks are still playing good baseball. The loss ended a modest three-game win streak, but they have won five of their past seven. A win on Sunday would give them a series victory, which would be their third in a row, all of which would have come against contending teams.

Diamondbacks News

[] Saturday’s top prospect performers - D-backs: Kevin Cron, 1B/3B (No. 26) --1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB (Triple-A Reno) Cron regained the outright Minor League home run lead Saturday as he blasted his 32nd dinger in Reno’s win over Oklahoma City. Cron’s homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, ties him with Christian Walker for the franchise’s single-season home run record, and he’s reached the mark in just 65 games compared to Walker’s 133 back in 2017. What’s more, the 26-year-old slugger has hit 38 total homers this season, going deep 33 times in the Minors -- he hit one during a rehab assignment in the Arizona League -- and adding another five homers in 27 games with the D-backs

Around the League

[ESPN] Reds’ Aquino hits 3 HRs, has 7 in 1st 10 games - Aristides Aquino is setting records almost every time he takes the field. The Reds rookie homered in his first three at-bats in Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Chicago Cubs to match Trevor Story for the most home runs in a player’s first 10 games, with seven. Aquino took Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks deep in the second and third innings, then hit a third solo shot -- a 452-foot blast -- off reliever Dillon Maples in the fourth. That got him a curtain call. “That’s why I put that show on out there, for the fans to enjoy that,” Aquino said through an interpreter. Aquino, 25, became the first rookie and 12th player in major league history to homer in three consecutive innings. He is the second player to record a three-homer game in his first 10 career games, joining Bobby Estalella, who did it in his 10th career game in 1997.

[CBS Sports] Astros’ Yordan Alvarez hits three homers in record-breaking 23-2 rout at Camden Yards - In time, the Baltimore Orioles would like to become the well-oiled machine that is the Houston Astros. On Saturday though, the gap between the two franchises could not have been more stark. The Astros, led by rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez, became the first team to score 20 runs in a game this season during their 23-2 rout at Camden Yards. Houston hit six home runs total and scored at least one run in every inning except the fourth and eighth.

[] Tebow’s season over early due to finger injury - Injury has forced a premature end to Mets Minor League outfielder Tim Tebow’s season for the second consecutive year, sources confirmed on Saturday. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will not return this season due to a laceration he suffered last month on his left hand. The wound required stitches. Tebow was batting .163/.240/.255 over 77 games in his first year at Triple-A Syracuse, striking out 98 times in 264 plate appearances. Last year, Tebow missed the final two-plus months of the season due to a broken bone in his right hand, which required surgery.