With two outs and two on in the frame, manager Torey Lovullo had a decision to make: let stud reliever Archie Bradley bat for himself after inducing one out on one pitch in the top half of the inning, or pull one of the Diamondbacks’ best relievers and hope a pinch hitter collects a lead-widening hit.
Lovullo went for the former. Bradley is a career .098 hitter, which is probably why one Diamondbacks fan made this bold claim.
If Archie Bradley plates a run, I’m getting his face tattooed on my back tomorrow.
— Jeff Buss (@JBuss9) October 5, 2017
I hope he knows a good tattoo artist, because Bradley not only drove a run in off the Rockies’ Pat Neshek, he broke the game open with a two-run triple nearly as epic as his beard.
— Matt Upson (@ImUpson) October 5, 2017
Bradley’s unlikely three-bagger in the gap whipped Twitter into a frenzy.
Archie Bradley with a monster first-career triple and an Are You Not Entertained helmet removal upon arrival at third.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 5, 2017
I WANT TO HATE ARCHIE BRADLEY BUT GAH DAMN
— Trevor Vernola (@tvern16) October 5, 2017
Archie Bradley is the first pitcher to triple in the postseason since Dontrelle Willis in the 2003 NLDS for the Marlins.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) October 5, 2017
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. ARCHIE BRADLEY JUST HIT A TWO-RUN TRIPLE. pic.twitter.com/LoVnUBlbqg
— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) October 5, 2017
Archie Bradley could run for Mayor of Phoenix right now and win unanimously. #FeartheBeard
— Vinny Joe ________ (@Vincemarotta) October 5, 2017
As Bradley reached second based, Lovullo told himself “Please stop there.”
Obviously, Bradley did no such thing.
“That’s just kind of who I am,” said Bradley, who once nearly accepted a scholarship to play quarterback at the University of Oklahoma before being drafted seventh overall by Arizona in 2011. “I don’t know any other way to play, so I was going to run as hard as I could until they told me to stop.”
He’s also the type of guy to hold someone to their word.
You better do it
— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) October 5, 2017
The Diamondbacks would need those runs, as Bradley, perhaps winded from his unexpected 270-foot dash, surrendered a pair of solo home runs a half inning later.
But Arizona would tack on another three runs the frame after that, and hold on for an 11-8 victory and a matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.