Updated May 26, 2013 - 5:06 pm
Grit Index: Corbin good enough, continues historic start in D-backs' win
Corbin is just the third D-backs pitcher and the first left-hander to start the season 8-0. The others were Brandon Webb in 2006 and 2008 and Micah Owings in 2011. The Diamondbacks also have had success as a team when Corbin is on the mound. Overall, Arizona is 10-0 when he's started in 2013. That's the most consecutive team wins by a starter in club history.
As for the offense, Arizona got to San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis early. Veteran Martin Prado is starting to find his swing and recorded four hits to tie a career high. Prado now has back-to-back games with at least three hits for the seventh time in his career. The rest of the offense came from an Eric Chavez two-run homer in the first inning and a Corbin RBI single in the sixth. Chavez homered in back-to-back games for the first time since August 2012.
The bullpen closed out the game for the D-backs, helping Corbin secure his eighth win. Brad Ziegler, Matt Reynolds and Heath Bell took care of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
The D-backs are now 4-1 in their last five home games after struggling earlier in the season to get wins at Chase Field. They're also 11-5 in series finales.
Center fielder Gerardo Parra did not reach base Sunday as the lead-off hitter. He did record a sacrifice fly in the second inning and finished 0-for-4.
Sunday marked the first time in 2013 that starter Patrick Corbin gave up more than two earned runs in an outing.
He Said It
"He just had to work his way through it. Obviously it's a different situation, he's on a new team and probably puts some pressure on him to excel. I moved him all around and it's just not as easy as it looks just cause you hit .290 or .300. It's a tough business, it's a tough deal. But to his credit, he's worked his tail through it." -- Manager Kirk Gibson on the recent success of Martin Prado at the plate.
The Diamdonbacks will host the Texas Rangers in a doubleheader Monday at Chase Field. The game one starter will be Tyler Skaggs and the game two starter is Trevor Cahill. Skaggs got the call-up after the club decided that Ian Kennedy could not pitch due to a cut on the index finger of his throwing hand. He cut the finger while washing a serrated knife at home. For Skaggs, in nine starts in Triple-A Reno, he went 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA. He entered 2013 as the D-backs' top-ranked prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. First pitch for game one is a 12:40 p.m. and game two is scheduled for 6:40 p.m.
Kyndra de St. Aubin, Reporter - Arizona Sports 98.7
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Wednesday April 23ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian discusses what the D-backs need to do to turn things around.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday April 23What can be done to save the season?
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday April 22D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talks about the team's struggles.
- Bickley Blast - Monday April 21Dan goes off on the struggling D-backs.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider - Thursday April 17Tim Kurkjian talks about the Diamondbacks' tough start to the season.
- Bickley Blast - Thursday April 17Bickley blasts Kevin Towers' philosophy and the need for an analytics GM.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday April 17Is it too early to make a change?