SYDNEY (AP) — With a potential spot in the starting rotation on the line, Arizona right-hander Archie Bradley was unimpressive while getting knocked around in the Diamondbacks' 5-0 loss to Team Australia in an exhibition game at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Bradley is a possible replacement in the rotation for the injured Patrick Corbin as the Diamondbacks prepare for the Major League Baseball season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the SCG on Saturday.
But Bradley gave up three runs, including a home run and six hits along with three walks and three strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.
"Archie didn't have his command very well and they did a good job getting at him," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's got some things to learn and that's one of the reasons we threw him into this game. I think he's understanding what he's got to do. He's a young kid. People put a lot of expectations on him, it's part of the process."
The Diamondbacks stranded 11 runners and Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in four at-bats.
The Dodgers beat Australia 4-2 on Thursday after the home side led 2-0.
NO CLUTCH HITS: Diamondback sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo both struck out with men on first and second — Goldschmidt in the first when cleanup hitter Martin Prado also hit into an inning-ending double play. Trumbo did it in the fourth. Then, after Arizona loaded the bases with two out, A.J. Pollock hit into a fielder's choice grounder to end the inning. In the seventh, Goldschmidt lined out to left field after to end the inning after the Diamondbacks had two on with no out. "We're 0 for 11 with runners in position, that's not usual," Gibson said. "They pitched us well, too, and they got strike one on us. Got to give them credit. They had a good game plan and executed it well and we were unable to make adjustments on them."
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