The D-backs (13-8) opened the four-game series by holding on for a 7-6 victory on Monday night, giving them a 9-2 record in their first 11 home games, which matches the best 11-game home record in franchise history. They didn't win their 13th game last season until May 6, and they didn't get to nine wins at Chase Field until May 29.
As with Monday night, this game matches two pitchers who faced one another last week in San Diego. The Padres won that one 4-1, as Richard took advantage of his ground-ball-heavy repertoire to limit the D-backs to a single run over 6 2/3 innings, despite giving up nine hits.
D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.27 ERA)
Corbin pitched six innings against the Padres last week, giving up five hits, including a Wil Myers home run, and three runs. He is 3-4 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Padres.
Myers is 4 for 8 with two walks in 10 plate appearances vs. Corbin, and backup catcher Hector Sanchez is 7 for 13 with 7 RBI.
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Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (2-2, 3.04 ERA)
Richard had eight strikeouts and no walks in his start against the D-backs last week. The eight strikeouts matched his season high from a year ago, when he made nine starts. He is 9-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 14 career starts against Arizona; 4-1 with a 5.20 ERA in six appearances at Chase Field.
"The sinker is real," San Diego manager Andy Green said. "It is something that plays very, very well. The sixty-something-percent ground-ball rate for a starting pitcher, you just don't see that. He gives us an opportunity to win every game he pitches, which is all you can ask for."
Yasmany Tomas is 5 for 10 in his career vs. Richard, including a three-run homer off him in his last appearance at Chase Field on the final weekend of the 2016 season. Richard lasted just 4 1/3 innings in that one and gave up seven runs (four earned).
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He'll be back
Paul Goldschmidt was out of the starting lineup for the first time all season on Monday, though he did come in as a defensive replacement in the ninth. He'll be back in his familiar No. 3 spot in the lineup tonight, even though Chris Owings hit a game-deciding grand slam while batting third on Monday.
David Peralta also homered Monday and is red hot at the plate (15 for 27), although he could be a candidate for a day off against the left-handed Richard. Peralta was not in the lineup against Richard last week.
The D-backs have had plenty of offense to spread around -- especially at their home ballpark, where whey are hitting .314 with a .374 on-base percentage and .531 slugging. They lead the majors in runs scored (112) and are hitting .326 with runners in scoring position.
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While the Padres suffered their third loss in a row on Monday, they didn't go down without a fight, battling back from a 6-0 deficit to make it a one-run game.
"It shows a lot of what we can do as a team," Myers said of the comeback. "It shows a lot of fight, and that is something we have going for us."
Myers hit his fifth home run of the season, but that's one behind catcher Austin Hedges, the surprising team leader with six. Myers has four home runs, 11 RBI and a .343 average in his past 15 games.
Hedges, who had three home runs and a .161 average in 161 at-bats coming into this season, has all six of his home runs in his last eight games. Although's he hitting just .163, eight of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
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