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Major League Baseball
Arizona at Oakland
When: 9:35 PM ET, Friday, May 25, 2018
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

The Arizona Diamondbacks' nine-game road trip has been nothing short of a disaster thus far, but they look to turn things around Friday as they visit the Oakland Athletics for the opener of a three-game interleague series. Arizona began its trek by being swept in three-game sets at the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, and it arrives in Oakland having lost seven straight overall and 13 of its last 14 contests.

The Diamondbacks suffered a 9-2 loss on Wednesday, with Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy belting solo homers, to finish with four runs and 10 hits in the three-game series against the Brewers. Oakland salvaged the finale of its three-game set against Seattle on Thursday, scoring four runs in the first inning and holding on for a 4-3 triumph. Marcus Semien singled and scored a run for the Athletics to avoid going hitless in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

TV: 9:35 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (5-4, 2.71)

Corbin's winless streak reached five starts on Saturday as he came away without a decision in his home state after allowing two runs on four hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings against the host New York Mets. The 28-year-old has issued nine free passes in his last three turns after giving out the same amount over his first seven outings this season. Corbin, who hasn't recorded a decision in four road starts this year, will be facing Oakland for the first time in his career.

Manaea's season has taken a turn since the calendar turned to May, as he has gone 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA in four starts while surrendering four runs in each outing. The 26-year-old native of Indiana allowed a total of five runs while posting a 4-2 record in six turns prior to this month. Manaea has yet to face Arizona but is 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA in eight career interleague starts.


1. Semien has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, registering seven two-hit performances in that span.

2. Goldschmidt, who has hit .297 or better each of the last five seasons, is batting just .200 in 2018 and has not recorded a multi-hit performance since going 3-for-5 at Philadelphia on April 26.

3. Oakland turned five double plays on Thursday, its highest total since Aug. 2, 2010 versus Kansas City and one shy of the team record.

PREDICTION: Athletics 4, Diamondbacks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Arizona 25-24 L7 14-12 11-12 4-9 3-6 16-8 2-1
Oakland 26-24 W1 12-11 14-13 12-4 3-0 10-19 1-1
Last Meeting
Arizona Oakland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/30/15 OAK 7 x ARI 4 .267 1 .625 .360 1 .887
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona N/A
Oakland N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona N. Ahmed 0 0 0
Oakland B. Anderson 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 0.00 .000 0
Oakland 0.00 .000 0
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona A. Pollock .293 44 .969
Oakland J. Lowrie .314 60 .910
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona A. Pollock 11 23 33
Oakland K. Davis 13 23 38
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 3.40 .213 438
Oakland 4.09 .247 378