American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (15-14) at San Diego Padres (12-17), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91)
San Diego - Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.94)
(Sports Network) - Arizona starter Patrick Corbin has yet to suffer a loss
this season. He hopes that early-season success can land him his first career
victory over San Diego on Saturday night when the Diamondbacks and Padres
resume a three-game series.
Corbin is off to an excellent 3-0 start with a 1.91 earned run average and has
not allowed more than two runs in any of his five outings this season. He has
allowed zero walks in his past two appearances, following up a pair of no-
decisions with Sunday's win over the Colorado Rockies.
The 23-year-old held the Rockies to a pair of runs and nine hits over 6 2/3
innings with five strikeouts.
"He didn't walk anybody. He just keeps the ball in play," Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson said of Corbin. "We made some good plays behind him today. We took care
of the ball really good."
Corbin is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in his career versus the Padres over three
games, including two starts.
It will be the opposite for scheduled San Diego hurler Clayton Richard, who is
hoping his slow start to the season won't halt his undefeated record versus
the Diamondbacks. The lefty is 6-0 lifetime in this series in eight starts
with a 4.06 ERA.
Richard is coming off back-to-back losses in which he has allowed 11 runs over
7 1/3 innings. After giving up six runs over 1 2/3 frames versus the Milwaukee
Brewers on April 23, the 29-year-old yielded another five runs on seven hits
in 5 2/3 frames against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. He was touched for back-
to-back homers in the second inning, but both were solo shots.
Still, Richard fell to 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA through five starts this season.
He'll try to keep the Padres in the win column tonight after the club held on
for a 7-6 victory in the series opener.
San Diego took a four-run lead into the ninth inning before Arizona put two
runners on. Padres manager Bud Black was forced to turn to closer Huston
Street, who recorded the first two outs before giving up a three-run homer to
However, Street still managed his seventh save of the year when he got Martin
Prado to fly out.
Yonder Alonso connected on a two-run homer and Everth Cabrera had a pair of
hits and two RBI as the Padres won for the seventh time in their last nine
"We're finding the hits, we're being aggressive and swinging at the right
pitches," Alonso said. "It just keeps snowballing. We're just trying to get on
base for everybody, and have good at-bats so the guy behind us can get it
The Diamondbacks dropped their fourth game in a row, registering just five
hits before the ninth inning. Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a solo homer
and three runs scored and Eric Chavez chipped in an RBI double in the setback.
Wade Miley was saddled with the loss, charged with four runs on nine hits and
three walks over five innings of work. He carried a one-run lead heading into
the fifth, but couldn't hold the advantage.
"I felt alright, but I just wasn't executing pitches. I have to look at some
video, work on some things and go from there," said Miley.
The Padres went 11-7 versus the Diamondbacks a season ago, but lost five of
nine at home.
05/04 10:34:29 ET