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Snake Bytes 9/30: It’s The Final Countdown

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Diamondbacks News:

D-backs 0, Giants 1

From the Keegan: The Giants manufactured the lone run of the game in the seventh inning against Noe Ramirez. Tommy La Stella took a pinch hit appearance for the pitcher to begin that inning and singled to right field. Speedster Steven Duggar pinch ran for him and promptly stole second base. LaMonte Wade Jr. unselfishly bunted him over to third base, and Kris Bryant drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field. Speed kills.

Merrill Kelly tosses 5 scoreless innings in D-backs loss to Giants

From the article: Arizona dropped to 50-108, is the losingest team in the big leagues and is 0-8 at San Francisco this season. The Diamondbacks are nearing their team record of 111 losses, set in 2004.

Reshape, develop, draft: D-backs GM prepares for offseason ‘heavy lifting’.

From the Hazen: “It pains people sometimes — I try not to look at it this way — to tip your hat to those in your division,” Hazen said. “They’ve done an unbelievable job of getting their players to perform at an elite level, and an elite level in 162, which is nearly impossible to do.

“Lost almost all of their players to IL. There’s no excuses from my seat, for me, that I can’t do a better job of having the second team that’s coming up that the Giants saw this year, that has beaten us a number of games … those are the areas we need to improve — I need to improve upon.”

Baseball News:

Shohei Ohtani has expanded what’s possible in baseball

From the article: “I always thought this was the real version of him,” says Angels second baseman David Fletcher, Ohtani’s closest friend on the team. “It’s taken a while to get to this point, but this is what me and a lot of other guys who have seen him over these last couple of years ... I mean, I wouldn’t say expected, because how could you expect this? But we knew this was his potential.”

Blue Jay’s Marcus Semien sets MLB record for homers by a 2b launching #44 in crucial win.

From the article: The homer was the only hit of the night for Semien, but the Blue Jays, as a collective, were able to get to Cole before ultimately hanging on for the win. Cole allowed five earned runs on nine hits in six innings, while striking out six.

“He obviously settled down after the first two hitters, but Semien got him for that home run, and that ball just settled into the barrel,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Cole. “It was a good job by (the Blue Jays). Good job by them being aggressive.”

Brewers Devin Williams likely to miss playoff after breaking his hand punching a wall

From the idiot: “After our celebration, I went out to have a few drinks and on my way home I was a little frustrated, upset, and I punched a wall,” Williams said. “That’s how it happened.

Snek Byte:

Cavers explore Oman’s ‘Well of Hell’; find waterfall, huge snake pit at the bottom