After falling short in repeated attempts to make franchise
history, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will next
try to help his club match its longest win streak of the
The first-time All-Star will seek to bounce back from his lone
loss in 2013 by leading the surging Diamondbacks to a fifth
straight victory in Sunday’s finale with the visiting Colorado
Corbin (9-1, 2.49 ERA) had six chances to become the first
Arizona pitcher to start 10-0, but that pursuit ended with a 9-1
loss at the New York Mets on Tuesday. He was also attempting to
become the first lefty starter to begin 10-0 since Ron Guidry won
his first 13 decisions for the New York Yankees in 1978.
Corbin has been backed by a combined 10 runs of support in his
past six starts after receiving 48 in his first 11 outings, but he
didn’t help himself against the Mets by giving up a season-high
five runs over six-plus frames. He was charged with four of those
runs while failing to record an out in the seventh inning.
“I felt fine. I just left a couple of pitches up,” Corbin
Corbin might have better success in this start as he’s 2-0 with
a 1.59 ERA in his last three matchups against Colorado, including
two this season. He also would appear to have a good chance to get
some better run support considering the way the Diamondbacks have
been hitting coupled with the way scheduled starter Roy Oswalt
(0-3, 7.88) is pitching.
Arizona (46-41) is batting .306 and has outscored opponents 26-8
in its past four games.
Paul Goldschmidt, also named to his first All-Star team, hit one
of Arizona’s three home runs in an 11-1 rout of Colorado on
Saturday. Cody Ross matched a franchise record with five of his
team’s 12 hits, as the Diamondbacks opened up a 4 1/2-game lead
atop the NL West for the first time this season.
Arizona will next attempt to match its five-game win streak from
May 6-10 and sweep the Rockies (42-46) for the first time since
Aug. 29-30, 2011.
Oswalt has lost in all three starts since returning to the
majors June 20. The three-time All-Star gave up five runs and nine
hits over five innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss to the Los Angeles
“I think I’m trying to be too fine. Trying to throw that
nine-inning shutout with 70 pitches instead of being aggressive
like I’ve always been,” he said.
Oswalt is 9-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 career starts against
Arizona with the most recent matchup April 26, 2011.
The right-hander has never faced Goldschmidt, who is 5 for 13 in
his last three games and batting .379 with five homers and 10 RBIs
in his last eight in Phoenix.
Carlos Gonzalez, one of two Rockies players voted as an All-Star
starter, is 1 for 7 with five strikeouts against Corbin. He went 4
for 4 and hit his NL-best 24th homer in his return from a sore back