The D-backs' come-from-behind magic fell one run short on Wednesday night, but they'll get a chance for quick redemption as they close out a three-game series aganst the Cardinals with a matinee game at Chase Field.
Wednesday's 4-3 loss, with the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning, snapped a four-game winning streak for the D-backs, who are now 30-11 in games played at Chase Field.
They are 4-0 in mid-week afternoon games at Chase, and 4-0 wearing their Throwback Thursday purple uniforms.
D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.89 ERA)
After enduring a rough stretch from May 6 through June 2 -- 31 earned runs in 31 innings -- Corbin has bounced back nicely in his past three starts, going 2-1 with a 2.95. He's given up just one home run in those three outings, after surrendering 11 in six previous starts.
He limited the Phillies to one run over 6 2/3 innings in last Friday's 6-1 loss, striking out five, walking one and giving up eight hits.
It was only his second loss of the season at home -- where he is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA. He's made three career starts against St. Louis, going 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA.
Lynn's ERA has gone from 2.69 to 3.86 over his last two starts. He gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday, and that followed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles in the start before that. He coughed up 15 hits and six home runs in the two starts combined.
He hasn't lasted more than 5 2/3 innings in his last six starts, dating back to a 10-strikeout, eight-inning effort against the Dodgers on May 23.
But he's had the Diamondbacks number over the years, compiling a 3-0 record and 2.72 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against them. David Peralta is 5 for 7 (.714) with a home run against Lynn.
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Welcome to the bigs ... it's about time
The D-backs added an extra bat to their bench by calling up infielder Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno and sending down pitcher Braden Shipley.
The 25-year-old Vargas will be making his major league debut after spending 10 seasons and playing 738 games in the minor leagues. He is following the David Peralta path to the majors, having signed with the D-backs two seasons ago while playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Independent Atlantic League.
Vargas was hitting .303 at Reno with six home runs and led the PCL in doubles (24) and runs (64).
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The power of three
Much has been made of the D-backs' emphasis on receiving and game calling from their catching trio of Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann -- at the expense of offensive production -- but while their cumulative .203 batting average won't conjure up comparisons to the likes of Buster Posey, they have provided surprising pop at the bottom of the lineup.
They've combined for 17 home runs -- eight for Iannetta, seven for Herrmann, two for Mathis -- and 51 RBI in 386 plate appearances. That's as many home runs as Jake Lamb has amassed in 326 plate appearances.
Herrmann is 5 for 10 on the current home stand with a home run, seven RBI and three walks. That's raised his season average -- at long last -- to .200.