It wasn’t the dominant performance we may have been expecting. However, Archie Bradley‘s first start for the Triple A Reno Aces was an excellent one as he did not allow a run over five innings of work. Control was still a little bit of an issue as the top prospect walked two and hit a batter. He also allowed four hits and struck out three. Bradley threw 87 pitches, 54 of them for strikes. He managed to leave the bases loaded in the third inning and also stranded runners at first and third to end the fifth. The big righty even had a good day at the plate as he delivered a single and laid down a sacrifice bunt.
As far as the game goes, the Aces defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres) by a score of 9-1 to even their record to 2-2. The offensive stars for Reno contained some pretty familiar names. Didi Gregorius, who has played second base for the Aces so far, went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Ender Inciarte went 3 for 5 with a double, a triple and three RBI’s. Cody Ross, on a rehab assignment, went 1 for 3 with an RBI single. Following Bradley, Mark Serrano pitched three innings of one run ball while Joe Paterson threw a scoreless ninth to close it out.
Wade Miley‘s 8 inning effort today to halt the D’backs’ slide at least temporarily puts to a halt the panic about the pitching staff. However, you can bet that if Bradley continues to throw scoreless frames that the fan base will be screaming for his promotion.