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Snake Bytes 6/22: This Magic Moment

Well they can’t all be losers.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Milwaukee Brewers 1

[D’] D-backs snap 17-game losing streak - It had been 20 days — 20 long days filled with plenty of sleepless nights for manager Torey Lovullo — but finally the streak is over. The D-backs got an outstanding start from Merrill Kelly as they beat the Brewers, 5-1, on Monday night to snap a club-record 17-game losing streak. Kelly (3-7) gave up a run in the first, but that was it as he held Milwaukee to just three hits before departing after seven innings. It was the first time an Arizona pitcher completed seven innings since Kelly did so on May 20 in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak over at 17 with win over Milwaukee Brewers - With the final out, catcher Stephen Vogt pumped his arms in celebration and the crowd of 9,804 roared. Players streamed out of the dugout with smiles on their faces. The Diamondbacks (21-53) totaled nine hits and got two each from Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed... They scored three runs in the second inning off Milwaukee starter Brett Anderson, who had to leave the game with right knee discomfort after Stephen Vogt’s run-scoring single. Six singles and a walk, along with Pavin Smith being thrown out at home plate, gave the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead. The game saw numerous instances of umpires checking pitchers for both teams for foreign substances, which Major League Baseball had said would be implemented with Monday’s games.

Arizona Diamondbacks News

[Arizona Sports] Report: D-backs, White Sox engaged in trade talks over Eduardo Escobar - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox are reportedly engaged in trade talks centered around infielder Eduardo Escobar, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. With the White Sox’s Nick Madrigal undergoing season-ending surgery, Chicago is looking to replace their second baseman. In 70 games this season (295 plate appearances), Escobar is averaging .240 with a .743 OPS. He’s recorded 45 RBIs, 15 home runs and a stolen base... Escobar originally got his MLB start with the White Sox in 2011. He played 45 games with Chicago and averaged .213 with a .558 OPS.

[The Athletic] ‘I just feel like this is my purpose’: The drive of Diamondbacks executive Nona Lee to make change - [Nona] Lee jokingly calls herself the trifecta: a Black, gay woman in professional baseball. You name it, she’s dealt with it to varying degrees: racism, sexism, homophobia. And over the past year, she’s put in countless hours in her free time to “capitalize on the momentum” and make real change, to make sure she’s not the last person from an underrepresented group to get a chance. “I almost died last year,” Lee said. “I think about ‘why am I still here?’ Part of me really believes that this is why, because I connected on this (D-backs for Change) on a level I can’t even explain. This is where I can make a difference that’s so much bigger than me. I just feel like this is my purpose.”

Around the League

[ESPN] Major League Baseball’s crackdown on sticky substances begins with regular checks on pitchers Monday - Jacob deGrom was stopped coming off the mound after retiring the side in order in the first inning, and he chuckled as he handed his glove and cap over to the umpire. The New York Mets ace then undid his belt buckle as requested, showing there was no goop there, either. This was no sticky situation for the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, only what is going to become a new norm for all professional pitchers. The search is on for unauthorized foreign substances that pitchers can use to doctor baseballs, long against the rules but rarely enforced until now. The crackdown began Monday when major and minor league umpires started regular checks of all pitchers for tacky substances used to get a better grip on the balls — but that can also increase the spin of the balls and make hitting them more difficult.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Brewers Designate Zack Godley For Assignment - The Brewers announced Monday that they’ve designated right-hander Zack Godley for assignment in order to create a spot on the roster for fellow right-hander Jake Cousins, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Nashville. The veteran Godley has had a pair of stints with the Brewers this season but struggled in each — most recently yielding three runs in just a third of an inning at Coors Field. Godley’s production with Nashville in between MLB appearances was quite strong, as he pitched to a 2.40 ERA with a 34-to-12 K/BB ratio through 30 innings spent mostly as a starter.

[The Atlanta Journal Constitution] Group will withdraw lawsuit over move of MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta - A conservative small-business advocacy organization will drop its lawsuit against Major League Baseball over the move of this season’s All-Star Game out of metro Atlanta, the group’s CEO announced Monday. Job Creators Network filed the suit May 31 in federal court in New York, seeking $1.1 billion in damages and an injunction requiring MLB to return the game from Denver to Truist Park. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni denied the injunction at the end of a two-hour hearing June 10, stating at the time: “To say that the legal underpinnings of this lawsuit are weak and muddled is an understatement.”

[WKBN] Former MLB star says wife had affair with their pastor; sues him for millions - Former Major League Baseball star Ben Zobrist claims his wife was having an affair with their pastor, according to court documents. According to the Peoria Journal Star, the 40-year-old former World Series MVP made those accusations in a lawsuit filed in a Tennessee circuit court in May. Zobrist also accused the pastor, identified as Bryon Yawn, of defrauding his charity foundation. He is seeking $6 million in damages from Yawn, the CEO of a Nashville-area business-consulting firm, according to the newspaper. Yawn is a former pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville, where the Zobrists began attending church in 2005.