SYDNEY — With a potential spot in the starting rotation on the line,
Arizona right-hander Archie Bradley was unimpressive while getting knocked
around in the Diamondbacks’ 5-0 loss to Team Australia in an exhibition game at
Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Bradley is a possible replacement in the rotation for the injured Patrick
Corbin as the Diamondbacks prepare for the Major League Baseball season opener
against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the SCG on Saturday.
But Bradley gave up three runs, including a home run and six hits along with
three walks and three strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.
“Archie didn’t have his command very well and they did a good job getting at
him,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He’s got some things to learn
and that’s one of the reasons we threw him into this game. I think he’s
understanding what he’s got to do. He’s a young kid. People put a lot of
expectations on him, it’s part of the process.”
The Diamondbacks stranded 11 runners and Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in four
The Dodgers beat Australia 4-2 on Thursday after the home side led 2-0.
NO CLUTCH HITS: Diamondback sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo both
struck out with men on first and second — Goldschmidt in the first when cleanup
hitter Martin Prado also hit into an inning-ending double play. Trumbo did it in
the fourth. Then, after Arizona loaded the bases with two out, A.J. Pollock hit
into a fielder’s choice grounder to end the inning. In the seventh, Goldschmidt
lined out to left field after to end the inning after the Diamondbacks had two
on with no out. “We’re 0 for 11 with runners in position, that’s not usual,”
Gibson said. “They pitched us well, too, and they got strike one on us. Got to
give them credit. They had a good game plan and executed it well and we were
unable to make adjustments on them.”
FIELDING LAPSES: The Diamondbacks didn’t help their cause when a few defensive
lapses gave the Australians a 2-0 lead. In the first inning, Bradley walked
leadoff hitter Mitch Dening, who eventually scored from third when a hard drive
by Luke Hughes went under third baseman Prado’s glove, but it was ruled a hit by
the official scorer. Australia took a 2-0 lead on Stefan Welch’s run-scoring
single in the third after loading the bases with no outs. Dening hit a double
over the head of Pollock, who initially took a few steps in and appeared to
misjudge the ball.
STARTING TIME: Australia starter Tim Atherton went three scoreless innings to
get the win, allowing three hits with two strikeouts and left with a 2-0 lead.
Seven Australian pitchers blanked the Diamondbacks, who had nine hits but never
managed to string them together.
TRAINER’S ROOM: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Corbin, who could be gone
for the season with a partially torn ligament in his left pitching elbow, will
have more medical testing done Monday in the United States to determine the
extent of the injury and whether it will require surgery.
DOUBLE DUTY, STAGE II: Sydney-born Ryan Rowland-Smith of the Diamondbacks threw
a perfect inning with a strikeout for Australia in its loss to the Dodgers on
Thursday. Rowland-Smith, trying to get a reliever’s spot in the Arizona bullpen,
didn’t get into Friday’s game, likely because Gibson wanted to save him for the
series opener or Sunday’s finale of the two-game series.