"So there's really no justice or explanation why Archie took the ball to the face and had to get out of that groove, but you deal with realities and the reality with Archie is we're going to be real sure. He felt a little -- it was fatigue -- sometimes you're off, even though you're working out, when you come back you reach for a little extra and the extra's not there"
- Tony La Russa on Archie Bradley
Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) won his third straight start. The right-hander allowed a pair of runs on six hits over six innings. Hellickson was backed by a third-inning RBI single from A.J. Pollock, who went 3-for-4, and RBIs by Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas in the sixth. The D-backs tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen has been unpredictable for most of the season, but some help may be on the way. Manager Chip Hale said Friday before a matchup with the New York Mets that relief pitcher David Hernandez is nearing a return to the big league club.
Organization's pitching restocked, now Arizona has other needs to address in Draft
Mets starter Bartolo Colon has pitched against all 30 clubs during his 18-year Major League career. But he's faced no team fewer times than the D-backs. Anderson, the team's most consistent starter through the first two months of the season, will pitch on an extra day of rest coming off his worst outing when he allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings against the Brewers on Sunday.
With two scoreless innings tucked in his pocket, capping a long-anticipated debut, the A's Pat Venditte became the first full-time switch-pitcher in the modern era of Major League Baseball on Friday night.