Athletics batter Diamondbacks pitching, win big

Athletics batter Diamondbacks pitching, win big

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Athletics batter Diamondbacks pitching, win big

By Scott Bordow, azcentral sports

A’s 21, Diamondbacks 13

At Salt River Fields

On the mound: RHP Shelby Miller, who had drawn raves through camp and his first two Cactus League starts, was roughed up by Oakland. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up two walks, five hits and six earned runs. That, after retiring the A’s in order in the first inning.

“Second and third innings I wasn’t finishing two-strike pitches,” Miller said. “… Stuff felt good, they were just coming out of the gate swinging and I was leaving stuff over the middle of the plate. You’re going to get hit around a little bit when it happens.”

Miller said he felt good physically but that his command was lacking, particularly on curveballs with two-strike counts.

“I had two strikes on a lot of guys … I don’t know how many curveballs got hit. It’s just finishing those curveballs into the dirt and after that the results should be better.”

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Manager Torey Lovullo said he thought Miller “actually threw the ball pretty well. We protected his pitch count and got him out of there right around the 60-pitch mark which was part of the game plan. His outing could have gone either way with a couple of key pitches. Shelby didn’t get a couple of pitches and then made some mistakes after that. We’ll talk to Shelby about that, it’s part of the game.”

Archie Bradley, bidding for a spot in the starting rotation, had a worse day than Miller, allowing six hits and six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.

At the plate: The Diamondbacks pounded Oakland starter Sonny Gray in the first inning, scoring five runs on three hits. The big blow was a three-run blast to right field by shortstop Ketel Marte, who finished with four RBIs.

Extra bases: Center fielder Gregor Blanco went up against the wall in center field to rob Oakland’s Matt Joyce of an extra-base hit in the first inning. One batter earlier, left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker ranged far to his right and near the foul pole to haul in an opposite field shot by Jed Lowrie.

Wednesday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke vs. Team Mexico LHP Daniel Rodriguez, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.

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