Hopes of an offensive recovery after Friday were snuffed out by a sharp return to the previous feeble production yesterday and today. The D-backs managed only three hits this afternoon - all coming in the same inning - as they dropped the rubber game against the A’s. They did score, so that is an improvement on yesterday. The run came after they had been no-hit through five innings. Jeff Mathis ended that with a bloop to left-center, and one out later, Paul Goldschmidt singled. A Jake Lamb sacrifice fly got the D-backs on the board, but despite Daniel Descalso also singling, the Diamondbacks were done.
Zack Greinke pitched well enough through five innings, allowing a solo home-run in the third after working out of a first inning jam. But when we needed a shutdown inning, he couldn’t deliver. A pair of two-out walks were followed by an RBI single that gave Oakland back the lead, and their bullpen closed it out from there. Arizona did get two scoreless innings from Andrew Chafin, Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano.