Arizona’s Corbin strong in bid for rotation spot

Patrick Corbin blanked Cincinnati on two hits through six
innings, strengthening his bid for a spot in Arizona’s rotation in
the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday
night.

The left-hander, competing with Randall Delgado to be Arizona’s
No. 5 starter, struck out seven and walked two.

Bronson Arroyo, whose previous outing ended when he was struck
in his pitching hand by a line drive, gave up a run on Jason
Kubel’s homer, scattering seven hits with one strikeout in six
innings.

Ryan Ludwick got both hits off Corbin, a first-inning single and
a fourth-inning double.

Kubel, batting .150 for the spring going into the game, hit his
second home run of the preseason.