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Snake Bytes 9/11: Bats Remain Quiet

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The Diamondbacks’ chances for October baseball are quickly disappearing as the offense continues to sputter in New York.

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Diamondbacks News

Arizona 2, New York 3

Zac Gallen had another good outing for Arizona, providing six innings of three-run baseball. Unfortunately for Arizona, Zack Wheeler was even better for the Mets. Wheeler allowed only one run in seven full innings of work. Both of Arizona’s runs were driven in by Eduardo Escobar. He drove in Ketel Marte from second with a single in the first inning and then hit a solo home run in the eighth to account for all of Arizona’s meaningful offense.

Diamondbacks Drop Third Straight

After getting shut down by Zack Wheeler on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks are not officially on a losing streak. The pitching in the three-game skid has bee quite good, the offense, not so much.

Nick Ahmed Thinks Christian Walker Should Win Gold Glove

The Diamondbacks have arguably the game’s best defender manning shortstop. The potential Platinum Glove winner wants the world to know, Christian Walker has improved his defense to the point where he too might just be worthy of some defensive-oriented postseason hardware.

Lovullo: “Strong Chance” for 2019 Return of Weaver

It seems increasingly likely that Luke Weaver will return to the mound in a relief capacity here in 2019.

Taijuan Walker Eyeing 2019 Return

THe other injured member of Arizona’s starting rotation, Taijuan Walker, has started throwing off a mound. Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the right-handed hurler is looking to join Luke Weaver out of the bullpen before the 2019 season comes to a close.

Lovullo Not Worried About Hazen Departing

When asked about the possibility of Mike Hazen potentially being poached by the Boston Red Sox, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was quick to pour cold water on the notion, reiterating the stance that he and Hazen are committed to building a winner in Arizona.

Jonny Gomes Joins Arizona Coaching Staff

The former Major League outfielder is working with Dave McKay as a guest coach, learning the ropes from one of the game’s very best baserunning and outfield coaches. Gomes has also been giving his input to batters while they are in the cages.

Around Baseball

Nolan Arenado’s Homer Leaves Coors Field

Nolan Arenado launched a 482-foot bomb on Tuesday. THe blast took a small hop as it came down and then exited Coors Field.

Christian Yelich Fractures Kneecap, Out Rest of Season

The injury to one of baseball’s best and brightest players could not come at a worse time for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are in the midst of a hunt for the playoffs and have now lost one of the leading candidates for the National League MVP award. It’s a tragedy to see Yelich’s 2019 campaign come to an end the way it did. It remains to be seen what this does for his chances of repeating as NL MVP. However, with Cody Bellinger still playing and with Ketel Marte helping to keep Arizona neck-and-neck with Milwaukee in a race for October, it seems like this injury might have crushed the chances of a repeat win.

More Dysfunction in Pittsburgh

One has to wonder if Robert Nutting will just blow up everything once the season is over and start from scratch, firing everyone from Neal Huntington on down. At the very least, one has to believe that manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Raymond Searage are on their way out. Nutting is going to have to do something drastic. Tensions flared, again, in the clubhouse on Monday evening. This time the incident was an altercation where punches were thrown between pitchers Kyle Crick and Felipe Vásquez. The altercation resulted in Crick needing season-ending extensor tendon repair surgery on his right (throwing) index finger.