D-backs' win further stretches thin bullpen

D-backs' win further stretches thin bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- When he walked into manager Chip Hale's office following the D-backs' 9-7, 11-inning win over the Giants on Monday night, Arizona general manager Dave Stewart breathed a sigh of relief.

"Hey if you're going to play that long, you'd better win," Stewart said to Hale.

This was the second extra-innings game in three days for the D-backs, and after once again having to use their bullpen heavily, more roster moves are likely looming.

The D-backs added a pair of fresh arms on Sunday, and then another on Monday in Tyler Wagner.

One of those called up on Sunday, right-hander Archie Bradley, got the start on Monday in place of Rubby De La Rosa, who was needed in relief in Saturday's 14-inning game in San Diego. Bradley struggled with his command and needed a whopping 35 pitches to get through a scoreless first inning.

"I knew I threw a lot of pitches," Bradley said. "I could never really get comfortable. My goal was to get to the fifth and minimize the damage. For the most part, I did that."

Bradley did manage to get one out in the fifth, but Hale was forced to use Wagner and Daniel Hudson for two innings apiece. In all, five relievers threw 6 2/3 innings.

"We're going to have to look at the state of our bullpen," Hale said. "We cannot keep running the guys out there like that."

With that in mind, it's likely the D-backs will add at least one more pitcher for Tuesday night's game against the Giants. It is the eighth game of a 20-days stretch without an off-day and the D-backs desperately need Tuesday starter Robbie Ray to pitch deep into the ballgame.

Though Bradley's start was statistically disappointing -- he gave up five runs and walked four -- there were positive signs.

As he showed during Spring Training, Bradley had good life on a fastball that registered in the mid-90s, up from last season.

"The ball was coming out good -- 95, 96 to start the game," Hale said. "And he was just missing here, just missing there."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.