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SnakeBytes 7/2: A Solid Win

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Good pitching and good offense led to a win. Who knew?

Peralta, Reddick, and Heath celebrate in the outfield following the Diamondbacks win against the Giants. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Dbacks News

Most of the news surrounding the Diamondbacks yesterday was regarding the Locastro trade, which has been pretty well covered and discussed around these parts at this point. Beyond that, not a lot of digital ink was spilled for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but here are a couple of game recaps of the very nice win from yesterday...

(AZ Central) Arizona Diamondbacks beat San Francisco Giants behind Merrill Kelly’s solid start

Kelly turned in another workmanlike performance on Thursday night, giving the Diamondbacks seven solid innings in a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field.

It was the third consecutive outing in which Kelly stopped a skid: On June 21, he beat the Milwaukee Brewers to end a 17-game losing streak. Five days later, he beat the Padres in San Diego to end a record 24-game road losing streak.

(McCovey Chronicles) And on their seventh try, the Giants finally lost to baseball’s worst team

It was the Giants seventh attempt to lose to the Diamondbacks, but only their first success. So far they had been thwarted by things like overcoming a 7-0 deficit. You know, things of that nature.

But on Thursday they finally did it. They did what they’ve been setting out to do all year long, and lost to the team that, prior to the game, had lost 38 of their last 42 games.

MLB News

(MLB.com) 2021 MLB All-Star Game starters: Blue Jays land three selections; Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gets most votes

On Thursday night, Major League Baseball announced the starters for the 2021 All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver. The voting results from the league’s two-step voting process for the All-Star game were revealed during a live broadcast Thursday evening.

(CBS Sports) Former Mets GM Jared Porter banned by MLB through 2022 season for inappropriate behavior

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that the league has placed former Mets general manager Jared Porter on the ineligible list, a punishment that will continue at least through the 2022 season. The decision stems from a months-long investigation into Porter for sending explicit, unsolicited text message images to a female reporter.

Hard to believe that less than a year ago, most of us were sorry to see this guy leave the organization...

(ESPN) Major League Baseball’s batting average jumps 7 points in June amid crackdown on foreign substances

The major league batting average jumped to .246 in June amid a crackdown by the commissioner’s office on foreign substances utilized by pitchers, raising the season average to .239.

(Yahoo! Sports) Why a new baseball may be the ultimate solution for MLB’s sticky stuff problem

“We’ve been talking about [a more consistent baseball] for years,” Dave Dombrowski, the Phillies president of baseball operations, said. “I’ve been in GM meetings, years ago, where they passed around the ball with more tack, kind of like what they use in Japan, and said they were trying to develop something like that. For whatever reason, we haven’t been able to find it, but I hope that they do. It would solve a lot.”