Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley sharp in three innings vs. Padres

Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley sharp in three innings vs. Padres

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Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley sharp in three innings vs. Padres

Padres 9, Diamondbacks (ss) 6

At Salt River Fields

On the mound: RHP Archie Bradley, coming off an ugly first start of spring training, threw three sharp innings against the Padres, wiggling out of a first-inning jam before cruising the rest of the way. Bradley gave up back-to-back singles to open the game but picked off CF Travis Jankowski, struck out 1B Wil Myers and got RF Hunter Renfroe to bounce to short. “It makes you feel better,” he said. “But even with the results today, I was able to accomplish the things I wanted to work on. I threw the change-up a lot more, used the two-seamer in and out, mixed things up. I threw stuff to hitters that I might not normally do in games. Those are things I’m trying to work on.” RHP Fernando Rodney, making his first appearance, tossed a scoreless inning, walking one, striking out one. His fastball was in the 93-97 mph range.

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At the plate: SS Nick Ahmed laced a two-run double in the right-center field gap, and C Oscar Hernandez followed with a two-run homer to cap the Diamondbacks’ scoring in a five-run second inning against the Padres. “Some really big moments, some well-hit balls and some really good approaches offensively early in the game,” said manager Torey Lovullo, who also praised SS Chris Owings’ walk in the second, in which he battled back from an 0-2 count.

Extra bases: Bradley was in a first-and-third, nobody-out jam in the first when he made a quick move to first to pick off Jankowski. “I know he’s a guy who runs,” Bradley said. “He’s in the same class as Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Villar. The guy can run. I knew within the first couple of pitches he was going to be trying to go. I just tried to put a good move and make an accurate throw over there and I happened to get him.”

Friday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke vs. Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.

–Nick Piecoro

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