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Snake Bytes: 6/30 - Close, But Not Enough

Caleb Smith was solid once again, but the Diamondbacks could not overcome their shortcomings to pull out an unexpected win in St. Louis.

Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

Waiting for a bit this morning to see if any further progress has been made on an Eduardo Escobar trade has resulted in nothing new to report. So, let’s get to it. There isn’t much to report about the worst team in baseball besides recapping last night’s road loss to the Cardinals.

Arizona 2, St. Louis 3

Caleb Smith turned in yet another solid pitching performance, remaining the only pitcher outside of Zac Gallen that can be considered much of a bright side to the entire pitching staff. It wasn’t enough though. A defensive miscue by Smith throwing to first and then missing his spot on a pitch up and in to Arenado allowed the Cardinals to put two on the board. They tacked on an insurance run against Peacock in the sixth, which proved to be the eventual game winning run.

Caleb Smith Continues to Impress

Caleb Smith was hung with the loss on Tuesday night, but it isn’t like he was getting lit up. The left-hander struck out eight through five innings and allowed only two runs. If he continues to put together outings like that, he’s going to be just fine in this league.

Diamondbacks Come Up Short

The Diamondbacks’ road woes continue. Even after getting a solid performance by Caleb Smith, the team was still unable to overcome their shortcomings and tally a win, scoring only two runs while leaving 19 runners on base in the game.

Other Baseball News

Best Trade Deadline Option for Each Position

Arizona’s Eduardo Escobar checks in as the best third base option, though his versatility and ability to play second is what makes him so appealing to numerous clubs. Escobar’s departure is simply a matter of when, not if.

Ohtani Continues to Impress

This is what a generational talent looks like. Last night, Ohtani made it three home runs in two days as he continued to abuse the Yankees in the Bronx while adding to his case for being named AL MVP.

Kyle Schwarber Continues to Historically Rake

It is now 16 home runs in 18 games for the Washington left fielder, a pace only matched by Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.

Related: Schwarber Would Opt-out of HR Derby if Asked

While he has not been invited to participate (yet), Kyle Schwarber has already indicated he would prefer to rest than to participate.

Trevor Bauer Facing Assault Allegations

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer is facing allegations of assault by a woman stemming from a sexual encounter earlier this year. Bauer, through his attorney, denies the allegations. MLB is free to investigate (and potentially suspend) Bauer whether the Pasadena Police Department chooses to charge him or not.

Tyler Skaggs’ Family Suing Angels Over OD Death

The family of former Angels and Diamondbacks pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, is now filing suit over his death due to overdose. Eric Kay and Tim Mead are also specifically named as defendants.