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Snake Bytes: 6/9 - 18 and Counting

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Jon Duplantier’s fourth inning and the Diamondbacks’ inability to score hung Arizona with their 18th consecutive road loss.

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Oakland Athletics Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

Arizona 2, Oakland 5

Christian Walker gave the Diamondbacks a rare early lead when he launched a solo home run in the second inning. Then, the wheels fell off in the fourth inning for Jon Duplantier and Alex Young was only able to add gasoline to the fire. Arizona’s offense then went to sleep, managing only one more run in the game.

Diamondbacks’ Road Woes Continue

Chris Bassit was dealing in Oakland on Tuesday night. The right-hander struck out six, walked one, and allowed a pair of runs on four hits in seven innings of work. The Diamondbacks, well, they allowed five runs in the fourth inning - the only frame the allowed any scoring. It was enough to sink them - again.

Peralta on Trade Rumors

Reports are that the Diamondbacks have unsurprisingly made David Peralta available on the trade block. For his part, Peralta has made it clear he would like to remain in the desert to finish out his career. Unless Peralta’s plan is to retire at the end of the season, that seems unlikely to happen.

Perusing Arizona’s Deadline Options

Things have been really bad for Arizona this season. Is there much they can do to fix things (or at least move in the right direction) at the trade deadline?


Other Baseball News

Finally, the Arrival of Valdito Everyone Has Been Waiting For

When Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. stepped into the batter’s box for the first time in 2019, he was batting cleanup, as a 20-year-old. Oh, and his dad is a Hall of Fame slugger. No pressure Junior. Now, in his age-22 season, the younger Guerrero is taking MLB by storm. He leads all of baseball in home runs, lop-siding balls with impunity (and a 99th percentile average exit velocity). It took his father eight seasons to win an MVP award. Vladito is currently in a two-man race to win one in his third season.

MLB Close to Finalizing Foreign Substance Rules

At this point, there is no denying that something has to be done about pitchers using sticky substances on the ball. History suggests that MLB’s rushed attempt to correct the problem mid-season, developing new rules to augment those already on the books prohibiting the use of substances, is not going to go the way that the Commissioner’s office would like.

Related: Gerrit Cole Avoids Answering Spider Tack Question

“I don’t [long pause] ... I don’t know ... I don’t quite know how to answer that, to be honest,”

Uhm Mr. Cole, it was actually a simple, straight-forward, yes or no question.

Base Running has Become a Major Embarrassment for Major League Baseball

Dave McKay goes down and all of baseball forgets how to run the bases. Coincidence?

Related: Ke’Bryan Hayes HR Called Back - For Missing First Base

Related: Bobby Witt, Jr. HR Called Back - For Missing Home Plate
Not to be outdone, Royals’ top prospect, Bobby Witt Jr somehow managed to miss home after slowly trotting the bases and then doing a shuffle dance at the plate.