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Archie Bradley good, Clayton Kershaw & Dodgers not in another loss to Diamondbacks

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Archie Bradley had his way with the Dodgers both on the mound and at the plate in his major league debut, and the Diamondbacks had their way with Clayton Kershaw, sending the Dodgers to a 6-0 defeat on Saturday night at Chase Field.

No matter what happens in Bradley's career he will always be able to say he got his first major league hit before he allowed his first major league hit, singling to left field against Kershaw in the second inning.

Kershaw promptly picked him off first base, the first pickoff of the season for Kershaw and the 49th of his career, most in baseball since 2008 (Mark Buehrle is second, with 46 during that span).

That was a welcome to the big leagues moment for Bradley, who otherwise proved he belonged. He allowed only one hit and four walks in his six scoreless innings, and struck out six.

Bradley also threw 112 pitches and was done after six, but the Dodgers didn't do anything against relievers Brad Ziegler and Randall Delgado either, leading to a long and quiet night at the plate.

Not that it would have mattered much.

The Diamondbacks strung together singles all night against Kershaw, plating runs in the first and third innings, then two more in the fourth. Kershaw recovered to retire eight straight batters at one point and even lasted into the seventh inning, but a blast by Paul Goldschmidt ended his night, trailing by six runs.

At this rate, Kershaw's scheduled root canal on Monday will be a walk in the park compared to his Saturday night.


Kershaw allowed double-digit hits for the fourth time in his career. The other two regular season starts were at Coors Field, plus his 2014 NLDS Game 1 start against the Cardinals.

The home run for Goldschmidt was his fourth consecutive game against the Dodgers with a home run, dating back to June 2014.

There have been 16 starting pitchers make their major league debut against the Dodgers since 2004, including Bradley, and as a group they have a 4.91 ERA while averaging 5.27 innings per start, with 44 strikeouts and 29 walks in 84⅓ innings.

With injuries to both Justin Turner and Juan Uribe, coupled with Darwin Barney subbing in for Alex Guerrero late, Saturday was the sixth time since 1914 that the Dodgers used four third baseman in a game.

Up next

Zack Greinke tries to stave off the sweep with a start on Sunday afternoon, with Josh Collmenter starting for Arizona.

Saturday particulars

Home run: Paul Goldschmidt (2)

WP - Archie Bradley (1-0): 6 IP, 1 hit, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts

LP - Clayton Kershaw (0-1): 6⅓ IP, 10 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 3 walks, 5 strikeouts