D-backs righty cruises early, then allows 3 HRs, 5 runs
By Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley is still adjusting to pitching in the Major Leagues.
What happened to the 23-year-old D-backs right-hander in Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to the Dodgers is something he had already experienced -- things can turn sour quickly. But having it happen again can certainly benefit Bradley in the long run.
"I know that, but it's always a good reminder," Bradley said. "This is definitely a good learning lesson. It's just frustrating, we get on a roll, win three in a row, and I have really good stuff until the fifth and then just hit a wall."
Bradley started off dominant, throwing pitches that Chip Hale called "electric" and carrying an arsenal that the D-backs manager classified as "no-hit stuff." The young right-hander retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and had yet to allow a hit with one out in the fifth.
He was consistently throwing his fastball in the mid-90s. However, Bradley had already thrown 64 pitches through four.
"Honestly, it didn't really affect me," Bradley said. "I was making the pitches I wanted to. I wasn't as efficient as I'd like to be, but at the end of the day, I was getting outs and keeping them off the scoreboard."
After the D-backs tied it at 3 in the bottom of the inning, the Dodgers struck with two more home runs against Bradley in the sixth. Justin Turner led off with a homer to left and three batters later, Pederson hit another solo shot to right.
Bradley has allowed five home runs over his past two starts after he had given up just five in the first 12 career starts.
"I went out for the fifth with a lot of confidence," Bradley said. "Fell behind to Joc and I kind of knew out of the hand it was a bad pitch, it was middle and it was up and he did what he does with them and he hit it out of the park."
Bradley had more than four strikeouts just once in first 10 career starts. He's struck out five or more in each of his past four starts, including nine Tuesday.
Although Bradley has fanned 33 in four starts since his most recent callup from Triple-A Reno, he has lost the past three.
"[Pederson] whacked it and after that, he didn't seem to have the same stuff," Hale said. "It's a learning process for him and those are some good hitters that sort of baited him into some things."
• The D-backs announced after Tuesday's game that they optioned left-handed reliever Zac Curtis to Double-A Mobile and that a corresponding move would be announced Wednesday.
Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.