Bradley, D-Backs shut down Reds in spring game
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley pitched one-hit ball for six innings and Yasmany Tomas had a three-run double, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Tomas, who is slated to start the season in Triple-A Reno, doubled off Johnny Cueto in the fourth. The Reds’ ace did not allow a hit through three inning but he walked David Peralta and Aaron Hill before giving up hits to Jake Lamb and Tomas.
“Yasmany had good at-bats against a very good pitcher,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “It is what we expect out of him. It is good to see him do it.”
Cueto, who is in the final year of his contract with the Reds, completed five innings. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out seven.
“I feel really loose and really good,” Cueto said. “I feel like I’m throwing harder.”
Cueto’s next start will be opening day April 6 against Pittsburgh.
“Cueto threw the ball well except for that one inning,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Other than that he was sharp. We got him stretched out to 80 pitches. That was our goal. He doesn’t have to pitch a complete game on Monday but it is realistic that he can go deep into it so it doesn’t kill our bullpen.”
Bradley allowed only a single by Todd Frazier. Bradley is still in the mix to pitch long relief out of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen.
“We scored the three runs then he went out and walked two guys,” Hale said. “That is where a lot of young pitchers fold but he’s gotten out of them all spring. He’s done it all spring. We want a guy who can pitch three or four innings out of the bullpen. He’s still in the mix.”
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin and RHP David Hernandez both are coming off elbow surgery. Both threw their first bullpens earlier this week.
Reds: Devin Mesoraco caught Cueto. Mesoraco left the game Sunday with a cramp in his quad. … LHP Aroldis Chapman was taken out of the game on Tuesday for precautionary reasons. … He is not expected to miss any time. … RHP Homer Bailey pitched in a minor league game against the White Sox Triple-A team. He will miss the start of the season after elbow surgery.
Diamondbacks: Bradley, who committed to playing quarterback at Oklahoma, is still in the mix for long man out of the bullpen. Josh Collmenter, the opening-day starter, pitched in a minor league game for Reno against Double-A Mobile.
“He’s pitched great all spring,” Hale said. “We are looking for a guy out of the bullpen that can give us three or for innings. He’s right there in the mix.”
Bradley, the Diamondbacks first pick (seventh overall) in the 2011 draft, has allowed four earned runs in 22 1-3 innings.
Reds: Cueto hoped to have a contract worked out by the end of spring training but that is a long shot now.
“It is like a racehorse. You go do your job with blinders on,” said Cueto through a translator. “I think you have to be like that just think about one thing at a time. I don’t think about them.”
Statistically, this spring was better for Cueto than last spring. He won 20 games.
“I don’t worry about my contract or last year. Pitching is hard. You have to keep working and doing your job,” Cueto said.
Reds: RHP Mike Leake will pitch against the Indians RHP Zach McAllister. RHP Jumbo Diaz and J.J. Hoover are scheduled to follow Leake.