D-backs game report: Saturday, March 8
Game recap: Highly touted prospect Archie Bradley made his second Cactus League start and again impressed in 3 1/3 innings of work during the D-backs 5-2 win over the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Bradley earned his second win as the D-backs tallied three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth. Outfielder Matt Long and first baseman Albert Pujols drove in runs for the Angels in the fifth inning.
Hitting notes: The D-backs went hitless in the first two innings against Garrett Richards before singles from Alfredo Marte and Tony Campana set up Didi Gregorius for a two-run double, on which Gregorius was caught trying to take third base. Prado followed with a single and scored on a Paul Goldschmidt double. Aaron Hill led off the fourth inning with a single and came around two batters later on Marte’s second hit of the day, a triple. Marte was the only D-back to finish with two hits, though catcher Miguel Montero doubled in the fifth inning.
Pitching notes: Bradley didn’t take long to make an impression. After getting ground outs from the first two batters he faced, Bradley got Pujols to watch a breaking ball for strike three, though whether the pitch was a strike could be debated.
"Definitely the adrenaline kicked in a whole lot more than it already was," Bradley said. "It was a fun moment."
Bradley got Pujols to ground out sharply in the third inning and finished the day having allowed two hits and running his scoreless Cactus League innings total to 6 1/3. He also struck out three batters — all looking — and walked two.
Reliever Matt Stites got knocked around for two runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning while Eury De la Rosa, Zeke Spruill, Adam Russell, Jake Barrett and Joe Paterson all made scoreless appearances.
Quotable: "I like him. The kid is a bulldog on the mound. There’s no doubt about that. He competes. He’s not scared. I like his makeup on the mound. It just shows that he’s ready. He shows that he doesn’t care whoâs hitting. He believes in himself. That’s good." — D-backs catcher Miguel Montero on Bradley.
Game recap: The D-backs took an early lead in Glendale, scoring three in the first inning. They added a run in the fifth but the White Sox had scored two and added two more in the sixth to tie the game. The D-backs used a two-run ninth inning to get the win as starter Brandon McCarthy went five innings. White Sox starter Jose Quintana left the game in the first inning after being hit in the shin by a line drive.
Hitting notes: Shelley Duncan drove in the D-backs’ first run on a first-inning sacrifice fly, and Andy Marte plated two more runs with a double. A.J. Pollock took White Sox reliever Scott Downs deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning. Playing in his first game since Feb. 27 due to a calf strain, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch doubled in the ninth inning to score the go-ahead runs. Pollock and Gerardo Parra each finished the day with two hits.
Pitching notes: McCarthy put together another solid outing, allowing two runs on six hits as he got stretched out a bit more. He also struck out two batters and walked none. J.J. Putz, a candidate to close, was hit hard in the sixth inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work. Joe Thatcher, Will Harris and Marcos Mateo all followed with scoreless innings.
Short hops: Paul Goldschmidt (leg stiffness) returned to the lineup after being held out for two days. He was the designated hitter to get a little extra rest and will play first base Sunday, Gibson said. … Gosewisch, battling for the backup job, also returned to action in Glendale. He had been out since Feb. 27 with a calf strain. … Gibson said starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who’s dealing with a bulging disk in his back, played catch Saturday but doesn’t have a timetable for a bullpen session. The D-backs initially planned to have Arroyo start their U.S. opener against the Giants on March 31, but now he likely will slot into the back end of the rotation if he’s healthy enough to start the season on time. … The D-backs haven’t yet made a decision on an starter in the Giants opener. With Arroyo out of the running and Trevor Cahill and Patrick Corbin pitching the opening series in Australia, it looks like Wade Miley or McCarthy. Gibson said there’s a chance Miley won’t travel with the team to Australia. … Gibson said the team will make more cuts within the next few days to trim the roster closer to the 28 needed for the Australia series.
Sunday’s game: D-backs (7-6-1) vs. Padres (3-6-1), Salt River Fields, 1 p.m.
Probable pitchers: D-backs: Bo Schultz (0-0, 0.00), David Hernandez, Josh Collmenter, Addison Reed, Brad Ziegler. Padres: Eric Stults (0-1, 18.00)