PHOENIX (AP) – The final score was secondary to Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez.
A second-inning line drive off Gonzalez’s bat struck Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley in the face and caused some anxious moments for both teams Tuesday night.
Bradley walked off the field and was taken to a Phoenix hospital for tests, but never lost consciousness, according to the Diamondbacks. He was able to return to Chase Field to see his teammates close out a 12-5 win that ended a four-game losing streak.
Gonzalez, aware that Bradley is 22 and in his first major league season, said his night was ruined after the play.
“That is one thing you see once in a while on the diamond that you really wish you never see when you are playing,” Gonzalez said. “For me as a hitter, it’s a nightmare. It’s something you don’t try to do. Seeing one of those guys going down, especially a guy like him who is really young and starting his career.”
Gonzalez said he intends to visit Bradley and will be happy when the rookie right-hander is able to pitch again.
That might not be for at least a couple of weeks, because Bradley appears headed for the disabled list. But major swelling in his cheek, a little pain and a black eye were far better than a concussion or worse, which Bradley apparently avoided after initial tests revealed only minor sinus damage.
“I tried to throw a curveball in there for a strike and I saw the pitch going towards the plate, then I woke up and I was laying down,” Bradley said after the game. “I got myself together and opened my eyes. I could see, wiggled my feet and the next thing I know the trainers are there.”
Arizona’s medical staff will know more about the extent of Bradley’s injuries as soon as Wednesday.
Arizona staked Bradley to a 3-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Goldschmidt and a two-run triple by Trumbo, went 4 for 4 with four RBIs.
After the Rockies tied the score at 3, the Diamondbacks scored the next five runs. Four came on two-run homers by Trumbo and David Peralta.
Goldschmidt reached base in his 19th straight game against Colorado and went 3 for 3 with three RBIs as the Diamondbacks scored their most runs this season.
Chafin squandered the lead by giving up two doubles and a single in the fourth, but earned his first big league win with 2 2-3 innings of work. Charlie Blackmon drove in pitcher Kyle Kendrick with a double, and Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-out single to score Blackmon, who had three hits and two RBIs.
“I was falling behind and not being real aggressive,” Kendrick said. “I was trying to get ahead and they were swinging early in that first inning.”
Kendrick (1-3) was tagged for home runs by Peralta in the fourth and Trumbo in the fifth.
Bradley, a prized prospect who made the roster out of spring training, is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA – including a win in his major league debut over Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The right-hander, selected seventh overall by Arizona in the 2011 amateur draft, went 1 1-3 innings with two strikeouts. He allowed two hits.
Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin, coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, threw 30 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at Chase Field. Corbin could return to the mound this summer.
“He looked great. His fastball looked good. He was throwing all his pitches,” manager Chip Hale said.
Hale said Corbin is scheduled for another simulated game Sunday at Salt River Fields, the team’s spring training site.
Arizona pitcher David Hernandez, also coming off 2014 elbow surgery, threw in a game situation for the second time. Hale said he didn’t think Hernandez felt as good as he did after his first outing. Hernandez threw 20 pitches in an inning.
Rockies: Jordan Lyles, who is 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in six starts against the Diamondbacks, pitches Wednesday in Phoenix.
Diamondbacks: Josh Collmenter has a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts, but is 1-3 this season. He faces the Rockies on Wednesday.
– By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press
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