After the St. Louis Cardinals rolled into town and swept the Diamondbacks, Arizona was able to get back in the win column on Friday night, but that was all they were able to get from the struggling Athletics ball club. The Diamondbacks hung around and had chances to win each game, but they just couldn’t do enough and lost two out of three games to Oakland.
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Aug 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) celebrates with center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Diamondbacks 6, Athletics 4
Arizona was down 2-0 early in the game, but that didn’t deter them. In the sixth inning Arizona managed to tie the game up at two and eventually took the lead with a four run seventh inning. Oakland grabbed two runs off of David Hernandez in the ninth, but Brad Ziegler came in and closed the game out for Arizona.
This win was much needed for Arizona after coming off of a four game sweep. Better yet, the win came against Oakland’s ace and one of the best pitcher’s in the American League, Sonny Gray.
Chase Anderson pitched a decent game, he had some traffic on the bases, but was able to limit the damage to just the two runs over six innings.
Anderson: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Aug 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Diamondbacks 2, Athletics 3
Game two started off similar to game one. Arizona found themselves in an early 2-0 hole. Arizona rallied in the fifth inning to tie the ball game up, but that would be all the offense could do on Saturday. Stephen Vogt drove in a run in the eighth and that would prove to be the winning run.
Jhoulys Chacin got his second start for Arizona and pitched a good game. Other than his two run second inning, he pitched well. He scattered five hits through seven innings and struck out six.
Chacin: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Aug 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (22) celebrates with third baseman Brett Lawrie (15) after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 7
Bucking the trend of games one and two, Arizona jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second. Unfortunately for Arizona, Oakland came right back the very next inning and tied the game at two. In the third, Arizona broke the tie with a David Peralta solo home run, but Oakland answered with a solo shot of their own the next inning and the ball game was tied yet again. Oakland took a 4-3 lead in the seventh but Arizona rallied in the ninth to tie the game at four sending it to extra innings. Oakland scored three runs in the eleventh and that would be all they needed for the win.
Allen Webster was called back up and got the start on Sunday. He didn’t have his best outing, lasting only five innings, but he at least kept the Diamondbacks in the game. He surrendered six hits and three runs over the five innings pitched.
Webster: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Sunday’s game ends Arizona’s disappointing home stand in which they went 1-7. After falling in consecutive series, Arizona now sits at 63-67. The Diamondbacks will hit the road and head to Colorado on Monday to begin a seven game road trip. First pitch on Monday is 5:40 Arizona time.