In their final tuneup before the first regular season game, the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup produced nine hits. Unfortunately, none of them resulted in any runs as the D’backs were shut out 5-0 by Team Australia. Many of the Aussie players have spent time in the Minors for several Major League organizations. For the second straight start, top prospect Archie Bradley was off his game, allowing three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Control remains an issue as the big righty allowed three walks.
The Snakes led off the game well enough, with singles from Gerardo Parra and Aaron Hill off Tim Atherton. However, Paul Goldschmidt struck out and Martin Prado hit into a double play, quickly ending the threat. Atherton got the win, hurling three innings and striking out two with no walks. Australia took the lead in the bottom of the first when Mitch Dening led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a single by Luke Hughes. Australia scored the remainder of their runs in consecutive innings. Stefan Welch‘s single drove home Logan Wade in the third and on the play A.J. Pollock threw out Dening trying to score. In the fourth, Tim Kennelly connected for a solo home run off Bradley. In the fifth, with Charles Brewer pitching for the D’backs, Hughes plated Welch with a single and Kennelly drove in Hughes with a single of his own. Brewer, incidentally, struck out six batters in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Zeke Spruill worked the final two frames for Arizona, not allowing a hit while fanning three. Parra and Eric Chavez had two hits apiece while Goldy went 0-4.
You can see the team being a little flat because they hadn’t played a game in five days. However, it seems as though Bradley may have pitched himself out of the rotation and into Triple A Reno. With this exhibition game out of the way, bring on the regular season!