After being swept by the New York Mets, fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks needed some positive vibes Wednesday evening. It could have been a nice dinner, a relaxing bath or a another dominant outing by the D’backs’ top pitching prospect. Well, as the Meatloaf song says, two out of three ain’t bad. If you were banking on the third item, you were sorely disappointed.
Archie Bradley had his worst outing for the Reno Aces last night, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up four runs as the Aces lost to the Las Vegas 51’s by a score of 4-2. Bradley simply had nothing as he gave up seven hits, two walks, two hit batters and struck out four. It started off well enough as he punched out two in a 1-2-3 first inning. His old friend the walk got him into trouble in the second as he issued one to load the bases (this after a wild pitch) before giving up a run-scoring single. In the third, a walk, a hit batter and another wild pitch opened the frame before a two-run single made it 3-0. His night was finished in the middle of the fifth as with one out, a single, an RBI double and another hit batsman KO’d the young right-hander. Reno first baseman Mike Jacobs, who is hitting a robust .417, rounded out the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Aces have dropped 17 of their last 20 contests against Las Vegas.
Bradley’s performance ought to silence his agent, Jay Franklin for now. It is clear he needs some more work before a call up to Arizona. Hopefully, this ends up being his worst outing of the year.