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Snake Bytes: 9/9 - Finding More Ways to Lose

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Since Jim beat me to the punch by reviewing Mulan earlier this week, I am left with little choice but to actually spend more time writing about this season’s truly disappointing team.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

Los Angeles (N) 10, Arizona 9 (10)

The Diamondbacks led this game by four as they entered the seventh inning. In the bottom of the tenth inning, they scored three in a desperate bid at a comeback win. That will happen when a team allows six walks in four innings, including an inning in which an opposing runner begins the frame with a runner in scoring position.

Diamondbacks Blow Late Lead, Comeback Falls Short

Arizona’s offense and defense (sort of) did their jobs in this one. Arizona starter Luke Weaver walked four batters in his short, four-inning outing. His tendencies carried over to the bullpen. Carrying a four-run lead into the seventh, the game was tied by the time the Diamondbacks came up in the bottom half of the inning. Coming up in the bottom of the tenth, they had their own four-run deficit to overcome. The comeback was a run short, as the Diamondbacks offense could only plate three against the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks issued 12 free passes in 10 innings while also surrendering two home runs. The Diamondbacks actually managed three homers of their own in the game, but were only able to draw two free passes.

Diamondbacks Rally Falls Short

Arizona’s offense showed up big on Tuesday night, but it simply was not enough to overcome Arizona’s season-long propensity for issuing far too many free passes.

Josh Rojas Saves Game in Seventh

Josh Rojas picked up his first professional innings at shortstop on Tuesday. In doing so, he made a spectacular play which resulted in an inning-ending double play in the seventh. The play kept the game tied, rather than giving the Dodgers a lead with which to avoid extra innings later. This one will almost certainly make the short list for Snake Pit plays of the season.

Other Baseball News

Wieters, Thielbar Engage in 19-Pitch Battle

The third-longest at-bat in recorded play happened on Tuesday as Cardinals catcher, Matt Wieters faced off against Caleb Thielbar in a 19-pitch showdown. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wieters fouled off 14 pitches in the at-bat before Thielbar got him to fly out to the center-field warning track, ending the inning and escaping the jam.

Darvish Developing Fastball, Cy Young Case

Yu Darvish continues to build his best ever case for a Cy Young award. Now, the man with 11 different pitches in his arm seems to have found another way to use one. Though never known for an overpowering fastball, Darvish now ranks first among qualified starters in whiff percentage on his four-seam fastball.

Nine Key Factors Influencing the Playoff Picture

Pitcher health, youth movements, and more are now looming large as the playoff picture starts to unfold.