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  • 04 June 2019
    ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Walker had no reason to panic when
    he struck out in his first three at-bats.As
    always ,
    the rookie was saving his best swings for last.Walker continued his remarkable
    late-innings production with a two-run homer in the seventh, Luke Weaver got
    Arizona off to a good start and the Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on
    Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.Walker lined the opposite-field homer to
    right-center off Chad Sobotka following a single by Adam Jones. It was Walker’s
    sixth homer — all in the seventh inning or later.Walker said Braves starter Mike
    Soroka’s exit after five innings gave him a fresh outlook.“For some reason he
    had my number,” Walker said. “… I just tried to re-start and check back into the
    game. I kept telling myself I’m going to help the team today, one way or the
    other.”Walker added a double in the ninth and is hitting .619 (13 for 21) after
    the sixth inning.Weaver (1-1) struck out nine in five scoreless innings, fanning
    the last five batters he faced. He allowed four hits.The Diamondbacks have won
    four straight, including their first sweep of the Braves since 2016.Arizona led
    4-0 before Freddie Freeman led off the eighth with a homer against Matt
    Andriese.Yoshihisa Hirano, who earned the win in the opening game of the series,
    gave up a one-out single to Ender Inciarte in the ninth. Hirano struck out
    pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson and ended the game on Ozzie Albies’ flyball for his
    first save.Soroka (0-1) allowed one run in five innings in his 2019 debut.
    Braves starters had a 2.50 ERA in the series, allowing five earned runs in 18
    innings. Atlanta relievers allowed nine earned runs in 10 innings for an 8.10
    ERA while losing closer Arodys Vizcaino to season-ending shoulder surgery.“We’ve
    just got to grind through it,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “On the back
    end of things like this is something really good if you handle it.”Pinch-hitter
    Nick Ahmed’s double drove in Tim Locastro in Arizona’s three-run seventh.Soroka
    escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth. After an intentional walk to
    Jones loaded the
    bases Aaron
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    , Soroka struck out Walker and ended the inning on Ketel
    Marte’s grounder to first base.The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first on
    consecutive singles by Wilmer Flores and David Peralta, a wild pitch and a
    run-scoring groundout by Jones.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: LHP T.J. McFarland
    (left shoulder inflammation) had his scheduled rehab stint at Triple-A Reno
    postponed by rain Wednesday and pushed back to a doubleheader Thursday.Braves:
    Soroka said he has fully recovered after being shut down in spring training with
    right shoulder tendinitis and missing the final three months last season, also
    with a sore shoulder. He said he has learned how to avoid future shoulder
    problems. … RHP Shane Carle was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster
    spot for Soroka.BETTER LATEWalker’s six homers in the seventh or later are tied
    with the Mets’ Pete Alonso for the most in the majors. Walker already is close
    to matching the team rookie record for such homers in a season. Travis Lee
    (1998) and Chris Young (2007) each had seven.DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTInciarte,
    running toward the infield, made a diving catch in center field of a sinking
    liner hit by Ildemaro Vargas in the sixth with runners on first and
    second.STREAKINGRonald Acuña Jr. singled to left field in the fourth to extend
    his hitting streak to nine games. He struck out three times. Acuña’s longest
    hitting streak was 11 games last season as a rookie.UP NEXTDiamondbacks:
    Arizona’s 10-game road trip next includes a series at Wrigley Field starting
    Friday when rookie RHP Merrill Kelly (1-1, 3.79) faces the Cubs.Braves: RHP
    Touki Toussaint (1-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the season when the
    Braves open a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday night. Toussaint,
    originally scheduled to start on Thursday, had the outing pushed back to give
    him extra rest. I have no idea what in the darn-tootin’ happened, but this is
    amazing."The Twins made a rather amazing announcement on Wednesday: they are
    actually lowering some concession prices for 2019. I’m pretty damn sure this is
    the first time prices have been lowered for concessions since Target Field
    opened in 2010.And yes, this even includes BEER — although the lowered prices
    are limited.Here’s the deal: The lower prices will apparently only be available
    at the State Fair concessions stands (sections 133 and
    327) Matt
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    , and the lowered prices only include some items. Without
    further ado, because I know this is what you are all here for, and I don’t mean
    to keep you waiting or delay this announcement, the lowered-price items are...
    okay one moment... they are... sorry my computer is being slow today... okay:
    Hot dog: $4Nachos: $4Soft Pretzel: $4Peanuts: $3Popcorn: $316oz Pepsi, Diet
    Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Sierra Mist: $2 (!!!)12 oz Budweiser or Bud Light: $5
    (!!!!!!!!!!)This is truly amazing, and I’m sort of waiting to hear what the
    catch is here. Do you only get four nachos for one dollar? Are the hot dogs
    actually cocktail wieners? Are they going to start charging for condiments? In
    any case, the best option — in my opinion — is still to bring your own food to
    the ball park, which is actually totally allowed, if you didn’t know that. While
    I sometimes enjoy the refreshments Target Field has to offer, I frequently find
    them over-priced and not as satisfying as I’d hoped —
    hence Kevin
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    , bringing food. I once brought an entire tray of fresh sushi
    to the ballpark, and yes, people totally stared at me the entire time while I
    ate it in the left field bleachers.And a $5 Budweiser? That’s almost Metrodome
    levels of impressive. I would rather die than pay $5 for a Bud Light, but
    Budweiser is a perfectly fine beer. I mean, it has alcohol. Plus: More Rally
    Beers means more Twins wins, right?!Reminder to never, ever, drink and drive.
    It’s not funny. It’s not cute. It’s not okay. I feel like the Twins missed out
    on a huge marketing opportunity by not just making Dollar Dog Day every day. I
    mean, SERIOUSLY. But this is a step in the right direction.