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Game #51: A’s Drop Opener to Diamondbacks

Manaea rocked, pulled in fourth

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland Athletics Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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Well, this Friday night game thread didn’t exactly start our weekend out right; the A’s were down early and often tonight. Sean Manaea has been terrific in every single one of his starts, but not tonight. Pulled with two outs in the fourth inning, Manaea struggled all night. Meanwhile, on the other side of the mound, Patrick Corbin was awesome. Corbin held the A’s to a solo home run by Mark Canha in his seven innings, allowing only three other hits while striking out seven.

The Diamondbacks opened the scoring in the first with a solo home run and a walk and a single in the third set the table for the 2-RBI double that followed. The Diamondbacks started the fourth with back-to-back singles; the subsequent third single scoring their fourth run. A triple scored the fifth and six runs, all charged to Manaea.

The A’s bullpen shut the door, the combination of Pagan, Coulombe, and Casilla gave the A’s at least a chance to come back; a late run allowed by Dull gave Arizona the seventh run.

The A’s offense, stifled all night, couldn’t put up another run, or really a rally.

Here’s hoping for better games this weekend. The A’s play tomorrow. They will start Daniel Mengden.