Diamondbacks-Phillies Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks could desperately use another complete

game from Patrick Corbin, something he gave them in his most recent

start.

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

All-Star left-hander.

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

one start.

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.