Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive but walked off the field and gave a thumbs up to the crowd, apparently avoiding serious injury during Arizona’s 12-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer and a two-run triple to lead the Diamondbacks, who ended a four-game skid after a frightening scene early on.
Bradley was struck on the right side of his face by a liner off the bat of slugger Carlos Gonzalez in the second inning. The 22-year-old rookie lay virtually motionless on the mound for several minutes as trainers attended to him and anguished teammates squatted nearby.
Eventually he was rolled over and helped to his feet.
Bradley held a towel over his mouth and nose, his right cheek swollen and red as he flashed a thumbs up to fans while walking to the dugout. He was taken to a Phoenix hospital for tests but never lost consciousness, according to the team.
After the game, Bradley tweeted this photo from the hospital.
Arizona staked Bradley to a 3-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Paul Goldschmidt and a two-run triple by Trumbo. Bradley was charged with a run in the second when DJ LeMahieu singled in Justin Morneau against Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin.
After the Rockies tied the score at 3, the Diamondbacks scored the next five runs. Four came on two-run homers by Trumbo and David Peralta.
Goldschmidt reached base in his 19th straight game against Colorado and went 3 for 3 with three RBIs as the Diamondbacks scored their most runs this season.
Chafin squandered the lead by giving up two doubles and a single in the fourth. Charlie Blackmon drove in pitcher Kyle Kendrick with a double, and Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-out single to score Blackmon, who had three hits and two RBIs.
Kendrick (1-3) was tagged for home runs by Peralta in the fourth and Trumbo in the fifth.
Bradley, a prized prospect who made the roster out of spring training, is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA — including a win in his major league debut over Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The right-hander, selected seventh overall by Arizona in the 2011 amateur draft, went 1 1-3 innings with two strikeouts. He allowed two hits.
Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin, coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, threw 30 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at Chase Field. Corbin could return to the mound this summer.
"He looked great. His fastball looked good. He was throwing all his pitches," manager Chip Hale said.
Hale said Corbin is scheduled for another simulated game Sunday at Salt River Fields, the team’s spring training site.
Arizona pitcher David Hernandez, also coming off 2014 elbow surgery, threw in a game situation for the second time. Hale said he didn’t think Hernandez felt as good as he did after his first outing. Hernandez threw 20 pitches in an inning.
Rockies: Jordan Lyles, who is 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in six starts against the Diamondbacks, pitches Wednesday in Phoenix.
Diamondbacks: Josh Collmenter has a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts, but is 1-3 this season. He faces the Rockies on Wednesday.