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Snake Bytes 5/30: Sunday the 13th

It sure is spooky, folks.

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Arizona Diamondbacks 4, St. Louis Cardinals 7

[D’] D-backs lose 13th in a row: ‘It’s perplexing’ - “This stinks right now,” veteran catcher Stephen Vogt said. “It’s awful. It feels terrible, every moment. But we’re right there, we’re in every game. We’re going to break out very soon. We feel that way every day. Obviously, yeah, when you get put in a hole, it’s tough, but our job is to erase that hole right away. We could do a better job of punching back right away. “No matter what side of the ball you’re talking about — whether it’s hitting, defense, pitching — we need to get better, bottom line. You can’t blame one side or the other.”

[Arizona Sports] D-backs drop 13th game in a row as comeback falls short vs. Cardinals - Starting pitcher Seth Frankoff had issues with control that started with the very first batter when he hit second baseman Tommy Edman with a pitch. Edman scored on a Yadier Molina RBI single. Defensively, the D-backs couldn’t seem to make a play to bail Frankoff out. Despite only having two errors, there were multiple missed opportunities in the infield for double plays and outs that were missed. Those missed opportunities snowballed quickly on Frankoff and the D-backs in the third inning. He gave up a single to Edman, a walk to Paul Goldschmidt and hit Nolan Arenado with a pitch to load the bases. The result was a two-RBI single by Molina followed by a two-RBI double off the bat of Tyler O’Neill.

[AZ Central] Misery continues, as Diamondbacks’ winless streak extended in loss to Cardinals - The Diamondbacks fielded a lineup on Saturday night without a single player who ought not have been playing. There were former All-Stars, established veterans, young players who are producing — no one would call it loaded, but it wasn’t embarrassing, either. It was competent. And yet for the 13th consecutive time, the Diamondbacks played a game and lost, beaten this time, 7-4, by the St. Louis Cardinals. As usual, the Diamondbacks did not play well. They committed a pair of errors and botched a costly double-play ball. They gave up loud contact and did not respond in kind. They lost in ways that were glaring and obvious, as they have for many, if not most, of the games on this losing skid. While the granular reasons behind the nightly losses are clear, what remains perplexing is the zoomed-out view — that is, how this roster can be this bad for this long.

Around the League

[ESPN] Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna arrested after he choked wife and threw her against a wall, according to police in Georgia - The details of the alleged assault put into question Ozuna’s future in baseball, with sources telling ESPN that Major League Baseball will launch an investigation that could result in a significant suspension. Further, sources said, the police’s reported witnessing of the incident could prompt the Braves to attempt to convert Ozuna’s four-year, $65 million contract to non-guaranteed. At 12:26 p.m. Saturday, Sandy Springs police responded to a 911 call and entered Ozuna’s home after hearing screaming inside, according to the department’s account of the incident. Officers, the release said, “witnessed the suspect grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her against a wall. ... In addition to the strangulation attempts, the suspect also struck the victim with his arm which had a cast from a previous injury.” The Braves placed Ozuna on the injured list earlier this week with two broken fingers from an errant slide. His wife, police said, “did have visible injuries but was not transported to the hospital.”

[MLB Trade Rumors] Pirates Select Chase De Jong, Designate Ildemaro Vargas - Vargas loses his roster spot less than two weeks after the Pirates claimed him off waivers from the Cubs. He’s picked up 37 plate appearances between Chicago and Pittsburgh this year and has hit just .239/.272/.368 in parts of five MLB seasons. The Pirates will have a week to trade Vargas or expose him to waivers. Having previously been outrighted in his career, the 29-year-old would have the right to reject a minor league assignment in lieu of free agency if he clears outright waivers.

[Fansided] The MLB injured list: Everybody’s doing it - Less than a third of the way through the 2021 MLB season, the injured list has become baseball’s A list. As of May 28, more than 240 players were being carried on the injured list, and that’s just through two months worth of activity. Only one of the 30 big league teams – the Boston Red Sox – had fewer than four players sidelined by injuries. A full one-third of teams had double digit bodies on the injured list. That parade was led by the New York Mets, who somehow managed to cling to a lead in the NL East despite 17 injured list players. Two numbers drive home the depth of the problem injuries have become already in 2021. The raw number of injured list players is up about 25 percent from the same calendar date during the most recent complete season, 2019. And even more apoplectic to team owners, across the entire spectrum of MLB about one payroll dollar of every five is being paid to a player who was, as of May 28, on the injured list. What’s going on?

[Sports Illustrated] Josh Donaldson Scores 2 Millionth Run in MLB History - Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins scored the 2 millionth run in Major League Baseball history on Saturday, trotting home in the first inning on a ground-rule double by Nelson Cruz against Kansas City. The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed that Donaldson hit the milestone mark when he touched the plate. The former AL MVP has scored 685 of those runs. “I don’t know what to think. I’ll be honest with you,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But I know J.D. only does big things, so I’m not surprised to hear that he scored the 2 millionth run of all time.” The buildup to No. 2,000,000 certainly didn’t equal the anticipation for the 1 millionth run. Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial were among the stars who helped promote the chase, which also drew corporate sponsors for the countdown. Bob Watson of the Houston Astros scored No. 1,000,000 on May 4, 1975, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Moments later, Dave Concepcion of the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run and crossed the plate shortly after Watson.