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May 17, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jordan Pacheco (31) and manager Chip Hale (3) and relief pitcher Randall Delgado (48) talk on the mound during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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It was a week that most would like to forget. It involved a couple of blown leads and a sweep at the hands of one of the (at the time) worst records in baseball. In total, the Dbacks went 1-6. After getting throttled on Monday by Washington, Arizona won their lone game of the week on Tuesday. They actually had a series win against the Nationals in their hands as late as the 9th inning on Wednesday, but a blown save by Addison Reed was enough to deflate the club for the next series as well.

The Dbacks headed out East for the first time in 2015 and it seemed that they were going to be eased into a road trip, with lowly Philadelphia as their first opponent. Unfortunately for the snakes, they wounded up getting swept. Friday’s game was another one coughed up by the bullpen, while the Phillies jumped out to an early lead and kept in on Saturday. In the most grand way, the Dbacks lost on Sunday via a shutout.

In the toughest of weeks, the Dbacks had few bright spots and they were far between. They did find production from promising places and from players that figure to be in the plan for the rest of the season. It was nice to see them get going. Pitching was a little more difficult, with no standout performance showing itself. It would be easy (and kind of sad) to declare no players of the week in an effort so disappointing, but we here at Venom Strikes are optimists, so here we go.

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