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Snake Bytes 8/27: Almost a Winner

Dbacks fall again and have lost 8 in a row.

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks News:

Late rally not enough for Dbacks to snap losing streak

“I don’t want to rest on the fact that we’re playing good baseball late,” Torey Lovullo explained. “We’ve got to find a way to put that thing in gear earlier, and go out and play an Arizona Diamondback-brand of baseball. We’re going to get there. We’ve got to find a way to go out and start taking care of business and expecting to win baseball games.”

Dbacks, Rockies opt to play as other teams cancel games in protest; AZ loses 8th straight game

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the decision to play was “player-driven.” Players from both teams were in communication, he said.

Merrill Kelly’s season likely over after blood clot procedure

“I would not envision him coming back this year,” Hazen said. “It’s a tough loss. … Any thinning of the starting pitching ranks can present problems for any team. He was one of our better starting pitchers, if not our best starting pitcher, for some pockets of the season.”

Robbie Ray comes into focus as trade deadline approaches

asked whether Wednesday will be Ray’s final start with the D-backs when Hazen joined Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf......

“Yes, I do [think he’ll pitch again for us],” Hazen said. “It’s a good question. I don’t think it’s that tough of a question. Like yeah, the value of going into the offseason is something that we need to factor into our decision-making. I don’t think the stakes on either side — when you kind of get down to this level, in terms of time left — are that crazy in either direction.”

At the Ballpark: DBTV productions uses Chase Field as testing ground for new In-Venue-Approach

“Before the regular season started, we were contacted by Major League Baseball to see if we would be the venue to test out crowd sound and virtual fans for the national games on Fox,” says Rob Weinheimer, VP, DBTV Productions and Game Operations, Arizona Diamondbacks. “For a week, the league came into our ballpark and experimented with various systems that are being used throughout all of the stadiums.”

Baseball News:

Mariners - Padres, Giants - Dodgers won’t be played as more MLB teams protest Jacob Blake shooting

MLB focuses on tech, fan engagement during coronavirus-delayed season

“Organizations are searching for solutions like never before in order to cut down on time spent analyzing why a player isn’t at their peak performance,” Davidson told FOX Business. ”They can’t afford to have pitchers struggle multiple outings in a row.”

Off Topic Snake Byte:

“Welcome to Arizona” cake : Created by Mother and Daughter baking team, Elena Louise Lawson and Lilly Lawson of Charismatic Confections, a local home grown bakery.

The cake was created for a Minnesotan who had recently purchased a home in AZ. The realtor commissioned the cake to be made for the client, a long time friend, who had never visited Arizona prior to buying. The desert themed cake was made for 2 to enjoy and the bakers were given full control of creativity. A yellow vanilla cake with swiss buttercream, coated with Nabisco brand graham cracker crumbs and dried lavender blossoms is the scrumptious final product; A delectable Snake with wickedly-welcoming eyes and scorpion topping to ensure any new, or current resident of Arizona, leaps with terror and hunger. How did the ‘new to AZ’ recipient react to the cake? “He was absolutely thrilled”, says Charismatic Confections owner, Elena Louise Lawson.

I dig the snek.