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Snake Bytes 8/28: No More Leakes in Shiftless Defense

The Arizona Diamondbacks cut way back on defensive shifts behind Mike Leake. The change paid off.

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Arizona 3, San Francisco 2

After a few clunkers and a game in which defensive shifting may have led to a death by a thousand bleeder hits, Mike Leake took the mound against the Giants in San Francisco, where the Giants live as the worst hitting home team in the Majors. With fewer and less extreme shifts behind him. Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning, surrendering only two runs in 7 13 innings of work. He was not dominating, striking out only two in the game, but was effective nonetheless.

Leake Dominates, Diamondbacks Win Third in a Row

Welcome to the life of having Mike Leake as a starting pitcher. Just when he appears ready to be cast off to the scrap heap, he goes out and throws a gem, enough so to bring his overall numbers back to an entirely average level. After four games with Arizona that made it look like MIke Leake might have finally reached the end of his rope, the veteran righty took to the mound in San Francisco and needed only 95 pitches to complete 7 13 innings of two-run ball.

Mike Leake Secures First Win as a Diamondback

After four rough outings, fans were beginning to wonder if the innings-eater had enough left in the tank to finish the 2019 season, much less pitch for the team again in 2020. Mike Leake planted his flag on Tuesday night, quelling those concerns for a bit longer now, likely enough to get him through the end of the season.

Ketel Marte Leaves Game with Cramp

Ketel Marte found a way to both speed up and stop the hearts of Arizona fans. After launching a home home run off Jeff Samardzija, he then loped around the bases with an obvious leg ailment. Thankfully, it turned out to be little more than a hamstring cramp that he had apparently been battling since the evening before.

Merrill Kelly Pitching for Rotation Life

What started off as a pleasantly productive first season in the majors for Merrill Kelly is quickly turning into a grim reminder that there is a world of difference between pitching in the KBO and the Majors.

Diamondbacks to Host Bar Crawl

The Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to spice things up a bit and expose some of their fans to ballpark experiences they may not be familiar with or that they generally do not have access to. On Saturday, August 31, the Diamondbacks will host a bar crawl, before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The event will begin at Game Seven Grill and work its way through the stadium, including access to the club level and its dining facilities.

Around Baseball

Verlander’s Dominance Stopped by Ejection

Justin Verlander wasn’t able to buy a close call to save his life. In more than one case, he couldn’t by a strike within the zone. Verlander has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. Pat Hoberg decided that the rout needed more Ump Show and ejected Verlander from the game while the pitcher’s back was turned and he was retrieving the ball from his fielders.

11 Unheralded Additions Paying Off

His offensive resurgence since returning from the IL has the Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores at number 10 on the list.

Rogers Twins 10th Pair in the Majors

When the Giants’ Tyler Rogers made his Major League debut Tuesday night against the D-backs, he and his twin brother Taylor Rogers added their names to the record books. They’re the 10th set of twins to both reach the Majors. Appropriately enough, Tyler’s twin is on the Minnesota Twins.

Buehler Ks 11, Martin Makes Pitching History

Walker Buehler continued his streak of dominance on Tuesday night, pitching the first six innings of a combined shutout. Up 9-0, the Dodgers sent Russell Martin to the mound in the ninth to finish things off, making Martin the first position player (barring two-way players) to pitch in a shutout victory in over 100 years.