Archie Bradley pitched seven strong innings Friday night for the Reno Aces. Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Archie Bradley took the mound for his second start of the season for the Triple A Reno Aces. The opponent was the same one from his first outing: the El Paso Chihuahuas, the top farm club of the San Diego Padres. Though he shut them out over five innings the first time around, Bradley was much more dominant during this performance. He left the game trailing 2-1 after seven innings.
The top-ranked prospect of the Arizona Diamondbacks threw a total of 84 pitches, 53 of them for strikes. He allowed only three hits, all of them doubles. Bradley retired the first ten batters he faced before Cameron Maybin blooped a ball in shallow center field that ended going for two bases. Kyle Blanks then drove Maybin home on a ball that hit the third base bag for another double. The next El Paso run came in the sixth when opposing pitcher Jason Lane hit the hardest ball of the night, a fly ball that bounced off the center field fence. He was lifted for a pinch runner that turned out to be former D’back Tony Sipp. Sipp was sacrificed to third before scoring on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Other than this blip, Bradley was outstanding. Control was not an issue for the big right-hander as he did not issue his first walk until the sixth inning, one of only two on the evening. He struck out five as he continuously threw his fastball over for strikes. There was a brief scare in the second inning when Bradley took a shot off the foot from Alex Castellanos. He recovered to throw Castellanos at first and then was looked at by the trainer. After a brief pause, Bradley shook everyone off and continued his mastery.
This was a great outing. If the Snakes continue to struggle and Bradley has more performances like this one, expect to see him in the rotation by the middle of May.