While Patrick Corbin tries a fourth time to make history for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati’s Mike Leake looks to continue his road success.
Two the NL’s top young pitchers square off when the NL West-leading Diamondbacks try for a fourth consecutive victory Saturday night against the visiting Reds.
Corbin (9-0, 2.28 ERA) again has a chance to become the first Arizona pitcher to go 10-0 and first left-handed starter to accomplish such feat since Ron Guidry went 13-0 for the New York Yankees in 1978. He’s posted a 3.10 ERA while not factoring in the decision of three straight starts since winning seven in a row.
The Diamondbacks (40-33) were 13-0 with Corbin on the mound before they fell 3-2 to Miami on Monday. One of the two hits Corbin yielded over eight innings was a game-tying two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton.
“He’s really good. He’s got some stuff,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “He was tough. He was aggressive, threw strikes. He made the mistake to Stanton and that was it. Other than that he was lights out. That was impressive.”
Corbin, who turns 24 next month, allowed three runs on two homers and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-2 loss in his only appearance versus Cincinnati (44-31) last season.
Leake (7-3, 2.64), who starred at Arizona State, is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in seven road starts this season. He’s allowed only a solo homer over 27 2-3 innings while winning four straight away from home.
The right-hander’s most recent outing came at home Monday when he gave up a run in seven innings of a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh to improve to 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA in his last seven overall.
“He’s pitching with confidence and pitching a little harder,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He just goes about his business with no fanfare. There’s no difference in his personality.”
The 25-year-old Leake is 1-0 in three starts against the Diamondbacks, but has posted a 7.94 ERA. His only previous major league appearance at Chase Field came April 10, 2011, when he gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-8 loss.
Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel are each 1 for 3 against Leake, and combined to go 7 for 10 with four RBIs in Arizona’s 11-5 win over the Reds on Friday. Goldschmidt homered twice and Kubel added four hits as the Diamondbacks snapped a four-game slide to Cincinnati.
“That was a great job (Friday) up and down the lineup,” Goldschmidt said after Arizona scored its second-most runs of the season. “We’ve got the talent to do it, and I think we’re going to do it.”
Goldschmidt is 6 for 15 with four homers and six RBIs in four games since he went 3 for 33 with no home runs in his previous eight.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto homered for one of his three hits Friday and is 12 for 25 (.480) in six contests. He’s batting .545 (12 for 22) with two home runs and six RBIs in his last six at Chase Field.
Teammate Jay Bruce hit his 150th career homer and third in as many games. All five of the hits in his last 26 at-bats have left the park.