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Snake Bytes: 6/19 - Revenge of the Former D-backs

The Dodgers visited Chase Field on Friday night with three former Diamondbacks in the starting lineup. All three had productive nights, two of them made the difference.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

Los Angeles 3, Arizona 0

Caleb Smith had one hell of a start, shutting out the Dodgers through six innings. Unfortunately, Trevor Bauer was able to match and surpass that, shutting out the Diamondbacks through seven. The bullpens were less evenly matched as Joe Mantiply continued to be terrible, which is where the Dodgers took a commanding three-run lead, essentially putting the game out of reach of the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks Set Another Losing Streak Record

The Diamondbacks loss to the Dodgers on Friday night was the team’s 15th consecutive loss overall, setting a new team record. Caleb Smith’s fine outing was not enough to stop the bleeding, though hopefully, it did at least give the bullpen arms some rest so that they are ready to support stopping the streak on Saturday if the opportunity should present itself.

Diamondbacks Fall to Former Diamondbacks

A.J. Pollock recorded the Dodgers first hit of the night in the fourth inning, a 100 mph single into left field. Steven Souza Jr. hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, plating himself as the game’s winning run. Trevor Bauer, sans sticky, threw seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits (including an impressive blast off the center field wall by Josh Rojas in the bottom of the first) while striking out eight.

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Shohei Ohtani Commits to HR Derby - Looks Ready

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Each Team’s Ideal HR Derby Candidate

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