Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 10:15 p.m.
Maybe Archie Bradley isn’t ready to be promoted to the big leagues.
The Reno Aces pitching prospect surely didn’t appear ready against the Las Vegas 51s.
The 51s won their fifth straight game today, chasing Bradley in the fifth inning after roughing him up for four runs and seven hits in a 4-2 victory.
The 21-year-old Bradley, a hard-throwing right-hander, made headlines this week when his agent was vocal about the Diamondbacks keeping him in the Pacific Coast League. Arizona has one of baseball’s worst starting rotations, leading agent Jay Franklin to question why Bradley was stuck in the minors.
He argued Arizona was trying to delay Bradley’s future timetable for free agency and salary arbitration. Arizona countered by saying Bradley, the seventh overall pick in 2011, would be put under unnecessary pressure of being the franchise’s savior if he was promoted to rescue the poor staff.
Las Vegas, which improved to 11-3 overall on the season and has roster of player with big-league experience, didn’t flinch against the prospect.
Allan Dykstra led the way for Las Vegas with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the fourth inning. Wilmer Flores had a pair of runs for Las Vegas, and Zach Lutz went 2 for 4 with a triple.
Las Vegas starter Logan Verett surrendered eight hits in five innings, but limited Reno to just a pair of runs to earn the win
The series continues Thursday in Reno. Las Vegas returns to Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m. Saturday for a series against El Paso, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.