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Snake Bytes 8/7: The Leake Era Begins

Mike Leake made his first start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, facing off against wild card rival, Philadelphia. The results were mixed.

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Philadelphia 4, Arizona 8

The first batter Mike Leake ever faced as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks took him deep. That didn’t rattle the veteran hurler. The right-hander managed 51/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs, despite giving up 11 hits and numerous instances of hard contact. Andrew Chafin pitched the team out of a jam in the sixth. Alex Avila and Eduardo Escobar helped get the offense going, providing the team with a comfortable lead by the time the ninth inning rolled around.

Chafin Puts Out Fire

Andrew Chafin entered the game with one out in the sixth and runners on first and second. The top of the order was coming up for the Phillies. The Diamondbacks were still down by one. An error loaded the bases. Then Chafin struck out Hoskins and worked with Avila on some great sequencing to strike out Bryce Harper to end the threat.

Mike Leake Surprisingly Effective Despite Hard Hits

Mike Leake surrendered a lead-off home run. At the end of three innings, he had already surrendered six hits and faced 13 batters. Despite this, his pitch count rested at 45 and the Phillies had only one run on the board to show for hitting the right-hander especially hard.

Lovullo on Designating Godley

Torey Lovullo called the decision to designate pitcher Zack Goley for assignment a “brutal” one.

Corbin Martin’s Path to Arizona Through Alaska

Due to Tommy John surgery, Diamondbacks fans will need to wait until 2021 to see the new pitcher acquired in the Zack Greinke trade. However, the story of how he arrived in the big leagues in general, and Arizona in particular is still an interesting, non-traditional one.

Vegas Makes Gamble with Diamondbacks

Overlooked the story of Henderson, Nevada trying to poach the Diamondbacks from Phoenix is what it would mean for the on-field team performance. The Las Vegas Aviators as a team are hitting .304/.376/.539, essentially 2019 Jose Altuve. The pitching staff sports a 5.50 ERA, and includes Sean Manaea surrendering four home runs in 10 innings, along with Tyler Alexander surrendering 25 in 85 innings.

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Tauchman’s Big Night

The New York Yankees keep losing key players to the IL and still manage to keep winning games and finding players to make a significant impact. Tuesday night it was Mike Tauchman’s turn The left fielder committed highway robbery , stealing what appeared to be a no-doubter off the bat of Baltimore’s Pedro Severino. He paired that with a tater of his own off of the OriolesAsher Wojciechowski.

Best Player at Each Age 19-42

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Greinke Debuts for Houston

While the Diamondbacks were debuting their newest veteran pitcher the one they just traded away made his own debut for his new club. His night in Houston was about as uneven as Leake’s was in Phoenix, but the results were far less satisfying.