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Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0: Archie Bradley fans 6 in three innings

The long awaited, postponed debut of Archie Bradley proved thoroughly satisfactory tonight, as he held a full-strength Rockies line-up to one hit over three scoreless innings, with six strikeouts. That'll do, kid. That'll do.

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Record: 4-4. Change on 2013: -1/2.

Yeah, I think if you had drawn the first inning up beforehand, it would probably have gone something very close to how things went down at Salt River Fields tonight. A steady procession of Rockies, traipsing sadly back to the dugout, carrying their bats, unable to handle Bradley's 96-mph fastball. First, there was Drew Stubbs. Then, there was Michael Cuddyer. Carlos Gonzalez did manage to put the ball in play, but grounded out to short.

The second inning, Bradley was not quite as dominating. He walked Troyboy, then allowed his only hit of the night, on a soft line-drive to center. He recovered to strike out Nolan Arenado, and a groundout advanced both runners. With the #8 up, and no DH rule in effect, Bradley did the sensible thing, walking the batter to face his opposite number. While the bases were now loaded, he K'd the pitcher to escape the jam with a zero.

Normal service was resumed in the third inning, with Bradley striking out another two batters and a groundout, getting Gonzalez swinging to end the frame and complete Archie's night. The final line for Bradley was three shutout innings, one hit, two walks and six strikeouts. Add that on to Brandon McCarthy's five shutout innings in this afternoon's contest, and it wasn't a bad day for our starters. Indeed, it hasn't been a bad week: that lowered our starters' ERA this spring to 2.10 over thirty Cactus League innings.

But let's not forget the bullpen, who followed up with six more zeroes, to complete the three-hitter and obtain a measure of revenge for the 11-0 whipping, administered by Colorado at the end of the week. Bo Schultz got things started by retiring all six batters he faced, before Zeke Spruill and Joe Thatcher each threw a hitles inning. Joe Paterson looked like he'd blown the shutout with a leadoff triple, but he recovered to strand the runner, and R.J. Hively completed the shutout.

The offense did their part, though a couple of late crooked numbers padded the final margin - were were only one run up after six innings, by which point most of the regulars had left the game. Gerardo Parra doubled with one out in the first, and was driven in by Mark Trumbo, but that was all we'd managed to get home, despite having one or more base-runners in each of the first five innings. Mike Jacobs and Evan Marzilli each drove in a run during a two-run seventh, with Mike Freeman and Brandon Drury adding RBI singles in the eighth. Yeah, like I said: most of the regulars had left the game. Parra had a hit and a walk.

It's back to a single game tomorrow, with the Diamondbacks heading over to the west side, to take on the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. First pitch is a little after one pm.