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Arizona Diamondbacks 0, Oakland A’s 3

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Arizona Diamondbacks  v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

After being shut out only once in the first 47 games of the season, the Diamondbacks suffered their second in four, as they were two-hit by the strike-throwing machine who was Daniel Mengden. Clearly possessed by the spirit of Clay Zavada - or, at least, his mustache - Mengden averaged fewer than three balls per inning. The only hits allowed were a pair of singles to Socrates Brito and David Peralta, while Nick Ahmed also reached base courtesy of an error.

Meanwhile, the D-backs were victimized by the long-ball. Oakland had three solo shots: two of them came on the first pitches of the afternoon from Clay Buchholz and Fernando Salas, while Jorge De La Rosa also gave up a home-run. Buchholz otherwise was perfectly acceptable: he went six innings, with just the one run allowed, and there was only one other hit off him. He walked none and struck out three.

DbacksEurope will be along with the full recap in a bit: he at least got his wish for a quick game, if not a victory!