The Arizona Diamondbacks could desperately use another complete
game from Patrick Corbin, something he gave them in his most recent
The Philadelphia Phillies certainly can’t count on a similarly
lengthy outing from Roy Halladay.
After Saturday’s 18-inning marathon, the Diamondbacks and
Phillies will have some beat-up bullpens in Sunday’s finale as
Halladay makes his surprise return to the hill against Arizona’s
The Phillies rallied from a 6-0 deficit Saturday and scored four
in the eighth inning to head into extras tied at 7.
No runs were scored until the 18th, when Philadelphia (58-71)
was forced to use outfielder Casper Wells on the mound. He got two
outs before Arizona erupted for five runs, and the Diamondbacks
went on to win a 12-7 marathon that took 7 hours, 6 minutes –
setting a mark for length of game for both teams.
“Oh God, it was tough,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
“I’m pretty tired, I really don’t know what to tell you.”
Arizona (66-62) at least got six innings from starter Randall
Delgado, while Philadelphia’s Ethan Martin didn’t even make it
through the first. The Phillies’ bullpen pitched a franchise-record
17 1-3 innings, and now they’ll bring Halladay (2-4, 8.65 ERA) back
for his first major league start since May 5 after scheduled
starter Tyler Cloyd pitched five innings Saturday.
Halladay, who had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on May 15,
gave up a combined 17 runs over six innings in his last two starts
before hitting the disabled list.
So what does interim manager Ryne Sandberg expect from the
two-time Cy Young Award winner?
“To give us what he has,” Sandberg said. “I believe he was our
best option for (Sunday).”
Halladay posted a 3.00 ERA in two starts with the Gulf Coast
Phillies, and he wasn’t expected back in the major leagues anytime
soon. Sandberg said the team made a call to general manager Ruben
Amaro Jr., who gave the Phillies the okay to bring Halladay up.
The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, have their innings-eater in
place. Corbin (13-3, 2.45) has lasted six-plus innings in 24 of his
25 starts this season, joining St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright as the
only pitchers with 170-plus innings to last that long in all but
Corbin was particularly good on Tuesday, going the distance for
the second time this year in a 5-2 win at Cincinnati. He tied a
season high with 10 strikeouts.
“Today I had my best slider,” Corbin said. “I felt good warming
up in the bullpen. I thought it would be a good game. I knew I
could go to my slider at any time.”
Sunday’s game will begin fewer than 12 hours after Saturday’s
finally came to an end. Both teams burned through nine pitchers,
and each used a second member of its rotation. Philadelphia also
used two position players, Wells and John McDonald.
Corbin has faced Philadelphia once in his career, holding the
Phillies to a run over 6 1-3 innings in a 2-1 win May 9.
Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 in that game, but he’s hitting
.389 over the last eight games on Arizona’s 10-game road trip. He
went 2 for 6 and had four of the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record 18
walks on Saturday.
“The team feeds off Patrick (Corbin) and Goldy,” Gibson said.
“They’ve been our most consistent guys all year.”
Goldschmidt is 0 for 4 against Halladay.
Halladay, ordinarily one of the most pinpoint pitchers in the
game with 1.86 walks per nine innings through 2012, has struggled
with his control in 2013, walking 17 batters in 34 1-3 innings.