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Snake Bytes 8/20: Sweep ‘em outta town

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The surging Diamondbacks swept the contending Phillies in a three game set at Chase Field, and somewhere, Jeffery Wright is asking us to consider, What If...?

Drew Ellis  and Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate with a low #slapHands after scoring on a double by Nick Ahmed against the Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

(Arizona Sports) Madison Bumgarner outshines Zack Wheeler, D-backs sweep Phillies

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner was stellar in the team’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, a 6-2 win resulting in a sweep and a record of 6-1 for the club’s most recent homestand.

Bumgarner pitched eight innings, giving up only three hits and one earned run. He got involved with his bat too, knocking a RBI single in the seventh inning.

(AZ Central) Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks beat Phillies for series sweep

For three days, the Diamondbacks played good baseball against a contender. They pitched well. They scratched across runs. They did not shoot themselves in the foot. They completed a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-2 win on Thursday afternoon, and in doing so they continued to distance themselves from the misery of May and June.

(CBS Sports) Zack Wheeler’s Cy Young chances take a hit as Phillies get swept by Diamondbacks

Because losing Thursday’s game isn’t bad enough, ace righty Zack Wheeler’s Cy Young chances took a big hit. Wheeler was charged with six runs in 6 2/3 innings, upping his ERA from 2.56 to 2.77 in a single afternoon. The game unraveled in the five-run seventh inning, when Nick Ahmed and Josh VanMeter each had a two-run double. Bumgarner drove in a run as well.

(The Jim Rome Show) Tyler Gilbert On Joining the Diamondbacks

Tyler Gilbert continues his media tour after his statement of a first big league start. In the below clip, he talks about joining the team in the Rule 5 draft and making the change to being a starter. You can find the whole audio here

MLB News

(ESPN) Fanatics strikes deal to become exclusive licensee for MLB cards

According to a memo from the MLBPA obtained by ESPN, a Fanatics-founded company that has yet to be named will be the exclusive licensee “in the baseball card category” after Panini’s and Topps’ licenses with the MLBPA expire at the end of 2022.

The deal also includes the National Basketball Players Association and the NFL Players Association, who along with the MLBPA will have equity in this new venture, as will MLB and the NBA, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. (The NBA and NFL union deals with Panini expire at the end of 2025 and 2026, respectively.)

(MLB.com) ‘Los Dodgers’ unis a salute to Latino fan base

Nike went with an all blue look for the Dodgers’ City Connect jerseys. They aren’t terrible, but they also aren’t much to write home about either. It’s just mind boggling to me that the company that did so well with the City Connect jerseys for the NBA can struggle so hard to make iconic unique jerseys for MLB teams.

(CBS Sports) WWE, MLB enter multiyear partnership to offer team branded championship belts and accessories

I don’t think Jim is as huge a WWE fan as he is of other forms of wrestling, but I’m still pretty sure he would get my contract revoked if I failed to include this bit of news lol