GOODYEAR — The Diamondbacks split their squad and suffered two losses Thursday, one not as bad as the other.
In a road game here, Arizona lost to the Reds 9-1, but D-backs starter Randall Delgado felt good about his outing.
Delgado, still competing for a place in the Diamondbacks’ rotation, pitched four innings and gave up two runs and seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.
“It was good today,” Delgado said.
A good sign for Delgado: The Diamondbacks optioned Archie Bradley, another candidate for the rotation, to the minor leagues Thursday.
“I’m just waiting for the manager to tell me what’s going on,” Delgado said. “I’m not in a rush for it.”
In his previous appearance, Delgado got two outs against the Dodgers on March 23 in the second game of the regular-season series in Australia. He made three spring training starts before the trip to Australia.
In a home game in Scottsdale, Arizona lost to the Indians 9-1.
Wade Miley, the starter in the Diamondbacks’ season-opening 3-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Australia, gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, walking one and hitting a batter.
Miley said he was not fatigued by the long trip to Australia and back.
“That’s not an excuse at all,” he said. “I just wasn’t executing pitches, leaving fastballs over the plate, really wasn’t getting ahead. They were just able to sit on them. One to forget.”
Miley seemed out of sorts, twice failing to get to first base to cover the bag on ground outs.
Nick Evans homered for Arizona’s only run against the Reds.
Against the Indians, seventh-inning RBI singles by Rudy Flores and Sean Jamieson gave Arizona its two runs.
Indians: Corey Kluber, the No. 2 starter in the Indians’ rotation, allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Kluber blanked Arizona for six innings before being tagged for a pair of runs in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one.
Kluber was knocked around in his previous start, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in six innings against Colorado. But he was outstanding until the final inning Thursday.
“Every time he’s pitched, he’s gotten toward the end of his outing and got a little fatigued,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s why you build up. It’s the normal progression for any pitcher. ”
Reds: Starter Tony Cingrani allowed one run and five hits. He walked one but picked off two runners.
Cingrani, 24, found out earlier that he will start the second game of the season against St. Louis on April 2. It’s his first time on an opening- day roster.
“I’m beyond excited. It is a dream come true,” said Cingrani, who hadn’t had a chance to call home with the news.
“Cingrani is the confident kind. He’s not emotionally fragile,” Reds first-year manager Bryan Price said.
- Bradley, Arizona’s top pitching prospect, will open the season with Triple-A Reno after spending spring training with the big-league club. Gibson says Bradley needs to work on his fastball command, but the skipper has no doubt the 21-year-old pitcher will be able to help the D-backs at the major-league level this year.
Bradley said he’s not surprised by the move and knows there are a few things he needs to work on. Gibson said that when the Diamondbacks call up Bradley, they want it to be for good.
- Arizona manager
- Kirk Gibson
- was not in the dugout for the second straight day. He is on crutches after undergoing knee surgery. Bench coach
- Alan Trammell
- took his place.
- There was no news on Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher
- Bronson Arroyo
- (back), who is scheduled to start Saturday in an exhibition against the Cubs at Chase Field. Arroyo never has been on the disabled list in his pro career.
- Cleveland finished with the second-best record in all of spring training at 19-8, which of course has no significance in the long run.
However, Francona said, “It means that we played pretty good baseball, which I love.”