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Snake Bytes 8/19: Salvaging a win

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The Diamondbacks stuck to the normal script, and won the game they shouldn’t have, after losing the ones they could have.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Bumgarner has been looking more like his normal self lately and Merrill Kelly hasn’t been doing so hot. Of course this was the one game out of the series that the Dbacks pulled out. Even with the win, they still sit four and a half games back of the second Wild Card spot inhabited currently by Chicago Cubs. Possibly even more important than the number of games back, four other teams are between them and the Cubs. Suffice it to say, it’s not looking to great right now.

Game Recaps

(azcentral.com) Diamondbacks ride roller coaster, strong Merrill Kelly outing to beat Giants

The Diamondbacks led from the first inning through the ninth. They got a solid performance from Kelly. They took advantage of a costly Giants miscue. And they got good relief work and good defense – simultaneously in the case of one key play in the sixth – as they avoided a four-game sweep and stopped a four-game skid.

(McCovey Chronicles) Diamondbacks tame Bumgarner, Giants avoid sweep

Merrill Kelly’s efforts can’t be ignored. He had a 6.75 ERA in seven starts going back to July 3rd and hadn’t registered a win for himself in Arizona since June, and today it was all about pitching. He worked his four-seam fastball, his sinker, and his curveball with relative ease changing locations and speeds from pitch to pitch and batter to batter. He was successful because his stuff was so consistently sharp, even if it wasn’t overpowering, and he had the benefit of facing a lineup of aggressive hitters.

(Arizona Sports) Kelly bounces back to snap D-backs’ skid in final game against Giants

The D-backs began the day on the verge of slipping completely out of the wild card race. Those four consecutive losses – the last three coming at the hands of San Francisco – had them on the ropes with six weeks remaining in the season. First and foremost, they just needed to stop the bleeding.

MLB News

(USA Today) Fan who signed with A’s, Nathan Patterson, strikes out side in minor league debut

Patterson, the right-hander who drew notice after throwing 96 mph at a speed-pitch radar booth at a Colorado Rockies game this year, made his professional debut in the Oakland A’s organization Thursday in the Rookie-level Arizona League and struck out all three batters he faced.

(Yahoo!) Mets slugger Pete Alonso sets NL rookie homer record with 40th blast

Alonso hit his 40th homer during the Mets’ 11-5 win over the Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, breaking a tie with the DodgersCody Bellinger, who set the previous mark in 2017. Alonso now needs just two more homers to set the Mets’ single-season record, and 13 more to break Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge’s MLB rookie record.

(Sports Illustrated) Chris Davis Meets Young Red Sox Fan Whose Heartfelt Letter Helped Him Break Slump

On April 13, Frasca wrote Davis a letter and delivered it to an Orioles coach at Fenway Park. Davis read the letter and folded it up and put it in his pocket before hitting a first-inning single to end his slump. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI that day.