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Snake Bytes 8/30: Ryu Dodged

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Last night’s game will likely be a highlight for the Diamondbacks at the end of the season. Whether it will be a footnote for the Dodgers remains to be seen.

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Diamondbacks Recaps

(True Blue LA) Dodgers go down 11-5 to D-Backs

It was a rough inning and a half for the [Ryu], giving up a total of seven earned runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Ryu allowed six base runners in the fourth inning and five straight hits in the fifth. He didn’t make it out of the fifth, being replaced by reliever Adam Kolarek to finish it off. The 10 hits he allowed on Thursday is also tied for his season high, matching his May 25 outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Los Angeles Times) Hyun-Jin Ryu runs into big problems again as Dodgers fall to Diamondbacks

The left-hander had quickly gotten two outs [in the fifth inning]. Two weeks ago, before a precipitous slide generated concerns about his gas tank and stained his Cy Young resume, Ryu would have slammed the door shut. But, suddenly, a different Ryu has materialized to throw a wrench in the Dodgers’ season. This Ryu gave up five consecutive two-out hits and three runs and didn’t survive the inning. He left having allowed a season-high-tying seven runs on a season-high-tying 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

(azcentral.com) Diamondbacks wallop Dodgers, start series with a bang

“Come-from-behind wins are fun, especially against a good team like that, their best pitcher on the mound, the best pitcher in the National League,” Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed said. “We go down early like that, we fight and claw and figure out a way to score a lot of runs and beat them. That was a fun one.”

Diamondbacks News

(MLB.com) Weaver aims to return by end of season

“I want these guys to continue on a streak and put ourselves in a good [playoff] position, and then it will be super dramatic and hopefully [I could] come in and, not saving the day, but be part of something super cool,” Weaver said.

(azcentral.com) Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen focusing on efficiency over season’s final month

Through four starts with the Diamondbacks, Gallen has managed to suppress runs. He has not managed to limit walks or consistently pitch deep into games, and it is these shortcomings that stand out in his mind, at least right after his starts.

(Arizona Sports) Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps throws out first pitch at D-backs game

Michael Phelps, as part of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Swim Night, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

I mean, at this point we’re allowed to claim him as an Arizona sports icon right? Between this and the Curtain of Distraction a while back, I feel like we should be able to do that...

MLB News

(MLB.com) These clubs have toughest remaining schedules

Hey MLB, couldn’t we make it on a list that’s more along the lines of... teams most likely to make a surprising come back?

(ESPN) Twins break MLB record for home runs on road

The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs on the road in a season, hitting three in Thursday’s 10-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox to lift their total to 141 away from home.

Or to put it another way, your Daily Juiced Ball Update

(Deadline) New York Yankees Executive, Assessing YES Deal, Teases Baseball Streaming Shift

“The linear broadcast rights to baseball and other sports carried by regional sports networks remain a valuable draw for advertisers despite dramatic shifts in viewing in recent years. In the digital realm, though, change may be afoot. Rumblings have grown louder that the sport could be due for a reshuffling of how it handles streaming rights. Traditionally, the RSNs (including YES) have paid Major League Baseball a set fee for streaming rights, but the league is actively exploring a shift of those rights back to individual teams’ control.”

Not going to lie, I have a bad feeling about this. On the one hand, this is hopefully a move away from the ridiculous black out rules. On the other hand, having seen how Sinclair has handled the RSN’s they have bought, I have a feeling that the big loser in these changes will end up being the fans, either through an exorbitant price being paid out of our pockets to stream the games or some other new and unforeseen practice that will ultimately end up limiting our access.