D-backs game report: Thursday, March 13
Mariners 6, Diamondbacks 3
Game recap: Top prospect Archie Bradley made his third start of the spring for the D-backs, and the Mariners brought him back to Earth a bit. After tallying 6 1/3 scoreless innings through two starts, Bradley got roughed up Thursday and only lasted two innings of the Diamondbacks' loss.
"Seattle swung the bats very good," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "They're a good team, they swing the bats well. You get behind in the count and throw a fastball and they were whacking it."
Gibson said Bradley didn't have his command, and the Mariners took advantage with four runs in the first two innings. Second baseman Robinson Cano went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Logan Morrison added to Seattle's lead with a solo home run, his first of the spring, in the fifth inning.
Hitting notes: In 4 2/3 innings of work, Mariners starter Blake Beavan held the D-backs to one run on five hits. The lone run off Beavan came after Eric Chavez doubled, moved over on a fly ball and scored on A.J. Pollock's groundout. Andy Marte and Tuffy Gosewisch also drove in runs on groundouts in the eighth and ninth inning, respectively. Gosewisch finished the day 2 for 4, and shortstop Chris Owings tripled.
Pitching notes: Bradley, too, knew he didn't have his command Thursday right from the first batter, whom Bradley walked. It wasn't a matter of being too fine, Bradley said, or an issue with one particular pitch.
"I didn't have it from the get-go," Bradley said. "I don't know what the difference was from the bullpen to the game, but I just didn't have my stuff. It's one of those things where I wish I could have gone another inning to see if I could find it again and figure it out."
That wasn't happening, though, with Bradley at 61 pitches through two innings. He allowed four runs on five hits while walking two batters and striking out one.
Left-hander Oliver Perez made his D-backs debut by allowing one hit in a scoreless seventh inning. Will Harris and David Hernandez closed the game out with scoreless appearances.
Short hops: The D-backs on Thursday returned Rule 5 Draft pick Marcos Mateo to the Cubs. The right-hander, who wasn't in the team's 25-man roster plans, went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four appearances this spring. ... Gibson said Trevor Cahill (knee) threw a bullpen session Thursday and is on track to start Sunday and on March 23 in Australia. ... Gibson said Bronson Arroyo, who has been out with back soreness, threw long toss Thursday and is trending in the right direction but remains an unknown for Opening Day in the U.S. ... Brandon McCarthy threw five shutout innings in a minor league game against the Giants on Thursday, needing only 50 pitches to add to his strong spring. "He's locked in right now," Gibson said. "We've got to keep him that way."
Quotable: "He didn't have it. Actually a little bit of humble pie today maybe. ... You're going to have those days, and hopefully he'll learn something from it." -- Manager Kirk Gibson on Archie Bradley's start Thursday.
Friday's game: Diamondbacks (9-8-3) at Brewers (7-9), Maryvale Baseball Park, 1 p.m.
Probable pitchers: D-backs: Randall Delgado (0-0, 6.14 ERA), Joe Thatcher, Addison Reed, J.J. Putz, Josh Collmenter, Brad Ziegler. Brewers: Wily Peralta (0-1, 3.24), Hiram Burgos.