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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks News:

D-backs 1, Giants 7

From the Keegan: Tonight’s recap concludes in the seventh inning, not because of some weird innings restricted mandate from Rob Manfred, but because that is where the game got away from Arizona. Jake Faria was tabbed next out of the bullpen. He recorded outs against the first three Giants he faced in the seventh inning, but a wild pitch dropped third strike against LaMonte Wade Jr. with two outs allowed him to reach and keep the inning alive.

Galen tripped up as D-backs scuffle

From the article: “The outings I haven’t had it are the ones that aren’t as desirable [an outcome],” Gallen said. “It’s been a work in progress. Like sometimes I feel pretty good with it. And then sometimes, I’m throwing good ones that are getting takes, or not many balls in play with it. So it’s been pretty frustrating, but it’s the most feel pitch for me so I’ve just got to have the right feel for it to be able to locate it and be successful with it.”

D-backs newcomer Drew Ellis energized by by 2020 stint in Independent ball

From the article: “It was super fun. Just kind of laid back. Got to play baseball, obviously it was an off-year for me with COVID and everything, so just being able to go play and have fun and enjoy the game and keep perspective on what was important was really big for me,” Ellis said.

Not being invited to the alternate site in 2020 fueled Ellis’ competitive fire. He told himself he had to play somewhere, and close to home was a good fit. He commuted about an hour by car every day to go play ball.

Diamondbacks release 2022 schedule

From the article: In interleague play, the D-Backs will host the Houston Astros (April 12-13), Kansas City Royals (May 23-24), Twins (June 17-19) and Detroit Tigers (June 24-26).

The team is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Guardians from Aug. 1-3), Royals from Aug. 23-24 and Chicago White Sox from Aug. 26-28.

Arizona’s last home games are scheduled against the Giants from Sept. 23-25.

The team is also scheduled to conclude its season against the Giants, from Sept.

‘A little mechanical world’: Remembering George Rhoads, the artist bhind Chase Fields ball machine

From the article: Rhoads is the builder of “Based on Balls” — the complex 10-by-40-foot kinetic sculpture featuring balls traveling around a maze of tracks, culminating in the sounds of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while little metal replicas of baseball spectators do the wave.

It is one of hundreds of pieces by Rhoads, who created sculptures that can be seen in the 42nd Street Ballroom in New York’s Port Authority, the Angel Music display at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and in museums and children’s hospitals around the world.

From the dugout: D-backs get fleeced for Escobar

From the article: On July 28, the Arizona Diamondbacks demonstrated the sort of thinking that shows why they have the worst record in baseball in 2021: they traded their biggest offensive threat and only All-Star, Eduardo Escobar, to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of low-level minor league prospects.

I’m beginning to think the most satisfying thing I could see this season would be a mushroom cloud rising over Chase Field.

Poll

Did the D-backs ‘get fleeced’ for Escobar?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Yes. They got nothing valuable in return for his defense and bat
    (12 votes)
  • 74%
    No, The type of return was expected given the season and other factors
    (44 votes)
  • 5%
    Drew Ellis is the future
    (3 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Baseball News:

Anthony Rendon to undergo season ending hip surgery

From the article: Surgery is the culmination of what turned out to be a very trying season for the All-Star third baseman. Rendon landed on the injured list on three separate occasions, missing time due to groin, knee and hamstring problems. All of those injuries were related to Rendon’s left leg, though, with the right hip impingement a new issue that arose during his rehab from the hamstring injury, relays Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Cole Hamels returns to MLB in deal with Dodgers:

From the article: Hamels, who auditioned for teams during a workout last month in Texas, passed his physical Wednesday morning. The Dodgers will guarantee him a prorated $1 million for the rest of this season and will tack on $200,000 in incentives for each start, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

FTD

Snek Byte:

Heads up America, the Penis Snake has entered Florida

From the article: Suspicions regarding the penis snake’s arrival were first aroused after a living specimen was caught by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in Miami’s Tamiami Canal back in 2019 during a routine survey. The surprising find was captured and taken in as an invasive species but it failed to feed in captivity and died. Since then, several reports of sightings and specimens have been given to the FFWC from the same canal in Miami.