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Diamondbacks 5, Braves 0

Zac Gallen tossed a complete game shutout, and Arizona cruised to a win in the first game of the double-header

Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

It may have been only a seven-inning game, but Zac Gallen looked very impressive. Indeed, he flirted with a no-hitter, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning. Freddie Freeman singled with one out, to put runners on the corners, but a double-play killed the threat. That was also their first at-bat with runners in scoring position. Gallen walked two and struck out five, needing only 83 pitches. Home-runs by Stephen Vogt in the second and Kole Calhoun in the third, staked Arizona to an early 3-0 lead. Two more were added in the fifth, on RBI singles from Eduardo Escobar and Josh VanMeter. Calhoun and Nick Ahmed each had two-hit games.

Justin will be along with the full recap in due course. We’ll have the Gameday Thread for the second game up once we have the line-up, as the Diamondbacks make another attempt to climb Mt. 500. Madison Bumgarner starts that one.