The game began in a similar style to its predecessor last night, with the A's taking a two-run lead. However, in this case, the scoring all came in a single blow, a two-run shot off the bat of Stephen Vogt. That was all the damage Jhoulys Chacin would suffer, as he worked a solid seven innings on an economical 94 pitches, allowing five hits and two walks with six strikeouts; small sample size, but he's looking like a decent pick-up so far. Similarly to last night, the D-backs offense struggled to cope with the A's starter in the early going, though we were unfortunate on a number of occasions, hitting the ball too close to opposing fielders.
The Diamondbacks did tie the game with a two-run inning of their own. An RBI single by A.J. Pollock got Arizona on the board, and put runners on the corners with no outs for Paull Goldschmidt. While I guess he did tie the game, he did so in the ugliest manner, with a double-play that killed the rally. Still, with the score now tied at two, we waited for a repeat of last night's late outburst against the Oakland bullpen. Unfortunately, it never showed up, and after Andrew Chafin allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, there was no longer time for a further comeback. Ender Inciarte was 3-for-3 with a walk, with Pollock adding a pair of hits.