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Snake Bytes 9/18: Make It Stop

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Another bullpen implosion. Another loss. Another key player lost to injury. There are still 10 games left in the season.

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Diamondbacks News

Miami 12, Arizona 6

Though it wasn’t pretty, Alex Young got the job done, allowing only two runs through five innings of work. Unfortunately, Matt Andriese, Jimmie Sherfy, and Taylor Clarke combined to allow 10 runs on 11 hits and a walk, while only managing three total innings among them. Making matters worse, Ketel Marte left the game in the 5th inning due to back soreness.

Ketel Marte Leaves Game in Loss

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Ketel Marte left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning after experiencing back stiffness that seemed to flare up as he slid across home to score. Over the course of the next three innings, the bullpen melted down giving Miami a commanding lead.

Bullpen Implosion Sinks Diamondbacks

Jimmie Sherfy, Matt Andriese, and Taylor Clarke all had a night to forget. The trio of Arizona relievers provided the fuel that turned a 4-2 Arizona lead into a 12-5 deficit.

Ketel Marte to Undergo MRI

Ketel Marte was lifted from Tuesday night’s game in the fifth inning after experiencing back stiffness. He will undergo an MRI today.

Time for the Prospects to Shine

The 28th season of the Arizona Fall League kicks off this evening.

Weaver Could Pitch This Weekend

Long-injured Arizona starter Luke Weaver is tentatively set to return to the mound this weekend against the San Diego Padres.

Around Baseball

Baseball’s Best Outfield Defense

While defense has become a strength of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the outfield is one place where they still could use some work. The Washington Nationals, on the other hand, have developed into the best defensive outfield in baseball - by a large margin. What’s more is, they have managed to do so without the services of Michael Taylor.

Cavan Biggio Joins Father by Hitting Cycle

After striking out in his first at-bat of the night, Blue Jays second baseman, Cavan Biggio, hit a short home run. He was then challenged by his teammate Guerrero to hit a triple his next time up. With only one place to hit the ball where he might leg out a three-bagger, Biggio did just that.

Mike Yastrzemski Makes Fenway Debut, Homers

Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski hit 237 home runs in Fenway Park during his storied career. On Tuesday night, his grandson, a member of the San Francisco Giants, made his first appearance at Fenway Park. Even though he was playing for the opposition, the ovations he received were loud and warm and included someone shouting at him, “Hit a homer!” Young Mike did not disappoint, launching the 20th home run of his rookie season 401 feet to straight-away center.

Freak Injury Ends Betances’ Season

Dellin Betances made his season debut on Sunday. In the game he struck out the two batters he faced. Hopping off the mound following the second strikeout, the Yankees’ star reliever damaged his left Achilles tendon. Two days later, medical tests revealed the extent of the damage, ending his season as it was just beginning.