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It was the bottom of the ninth on a cool Tuesday evening at Petco Park. The Padres had runners at first and second with two outs, as nervous excitement stirred in the stands. The Diamondbacks led, 5-4, and were an out away from sealing their fourth consecutive series win against a playoff contender. That out never came.

With a walk to Jose Azocar — Ian Kennedy’s second walk of the inning — the Diamondbacks’ righty had loaded the bases for Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro smacked the first pitch he saw up the middle. Two runs scored. Despite leading 5-0 half-way through the game, the D-backs lost, 6-5.

It was like a movie Diamondbacks fans had seen too many times over — the type of movie you would love were it not for that damn ending that always leaves you unsatisfied.

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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker didn't get moved at the trade deadline.

From standing pat to potentially dealing one of the team’s young up-and-coming outfielders, there was always a wide range of possible outcomes for the Diamondbacks at this year’s MLB trade deadline. President and CEO Derrick Hall told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta less than a week before the deadline that any moves the team made would be aimed at improving...

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