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Diamondbacks 2, Athletics 7: Undefeated. It's vastly over-rated

After starting the Cactus League with a pair of solid wins, the Diamondbacks found the A's to be rather tougher opposition than the Rockies, this afternoon at Salt River Fields

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Cactus League record: 2-1.

Not a good day for our pitchers, right from the get-go. Robbie Ray did have a 1-2-3 first inning, but then had a two-run second, on two walks and two hits. Randall Delgado looked okay, with two scoreless frames, notching a pair of strikeouts, but Allen Webster also struggled, allowing three hits and a walk without being able to get through two innings, and also being charged with two runs. Will Locante struck out the side in the seventh... but also allowed two hits and a run. Jake Barrett was tagged for two tallies in the eighth, and ended up allowing three hits and two walks over his two innings, though did strike out four.

The offense wasn't much better, managing only five hits, all of them singles, and three walks against 11 strikeouts. David Peralta had a walk and a hit, also stealing a base, and scored our first run, coming home in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Drury. Our other score came in the eighth, when Blake Lalli was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. But Arizona were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and also committed two errors, including Peter O'Brien's first, on a throw as he attempted to nail a stolen base attempt. The D-backs did steal bases by Peralta and Ender Inciarte; Jamie Romak was caught stealing.

The team hits the road for the first time tomorrow, whizzing round the 101 to the Peoria Sports Complex, for a game against the Seattle Mariners. Josh Collmenter is the scheduled Diamondbacks' starter.