Archie Bradley was feeling pretty good on his drive home from Inland Empire late Saturday night after throwing a scoreless seventh inning in a 3-0 victory over San Jose, possibly the final step in the Angels reliever’s rehabilitation from a left abdominal strain that has sidelined him since April 30.
“It went great — I got my first low-A win in 10 years, Stass got player of the game,” Bradley said, referring to rehabbing catcher Max Stassi, who hit an eighth-inning home run. “I should have gotten the game ball.”
Those feel-good vibes disappeared the moment Bradley returned to his Newport Beach home a little after midnight and realized that his dog, a black Labrador Retriever named Crash, had gotten out of his back yard and was missing.
Bradley immediately posted a picture and description of Crash, who has a microchip implanted between his shoulder blades for identification purposes, on his Twitter account. Then he did what any dog lover/owner would do.
“I just went and walked the canyon behind my house looking for him,” Bradley said. “I knew I was probably wasting my time, but I had to do it. If you’ve ever lost a dog, you can’t help it.”
Bradley was up for most of the night, but he was very happy to report Sunday morning that there was a Crash landing. The dog was picked up and brought to the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, and Bradley and Crash were reunited at 9 a.m., when the shelter opened.
“I had changed my phone number a few times, so the number on the chip wasn’t registered, but long story short, they got ahold of me,” Bradley said. “The shelter wouldn’t disclose who turned him in. … I’m running on about an hour of sleep. It was not a fun night, but we’re good now.”