It was a banner evening Saturday for Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley. The young right-hander made his major league debut and was greeted with the daunting task of facing off against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Here is a quick review of the night.
First batter faced: Jimmy Rollins (ground out)
First strikeout: Adrian Gonzalez (swinging in the first)
First hit as a batter: A single off Clayton Kershaw in his first MLB AB (bottom of the second)
Bradley was also the first Diamondback starter this season to go beyond five full innings, pitching six full, allowing no runs and only one hit while walking three and striking out six.
The Diamondbacks' offense went to work early and often on Kershaw, getting runs in first, third, fourth and seventh off the Dodgers' ace. Kershaw was run from the game in the seventh when he walked A.J. Pollock and then surrendered Paul Goldschmidt's second home run of the year. The bullpen took care of business as usual. Brad Ziegler pitched a pair of scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. Then Randall Delgado came in and cruised through a scoreless ninth. Combined with Bradley's performance, this was more than enough to earn Archie Bradley a win in his major league debut.
Take a bow young man.
With the performance, the Diamondbacks have secured their first series win of 2015 and will go for the sweep on Sunday as Josh Collmenter will try to improve on his first outing while pitching against Zack Greinke.