The Phillies couldn't deliver the rare San Francisco sweep yesterday but they certainly put up a fight trying. Still, a series victory at AT&T Park is something this team can build some confidence off of and try and carry a little bit of momentum into the desert in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks (19-15) are right in the heart of the NL West race, a game back of the Giants and .5 game behind the Rockies entering this evening's contest. Tonight's D-Backs starter has been a big part of that.
Second-year lefty Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80) apparently just made the rotation as Arizona's fifth starter out of spring training, but as MLB.com writes, he's been quite impressive and is even going for a team record this evening. Evan Peaslee writes:
In six starts this year, Corbin has worked six innings or more and allowed two runs or fewer, tying Dan Haren for the longest such streak in franchise history to begin a season.
His last time out, the 23-year-old sophomore gave up only one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven against the Padres.
Their lineup has a few familiar faces as well. Corey Seidman has more on Martin Prado and Cody Ross being Phillies killers. More on their slugger Paul Goldschmidt and his hot bat (7 for 13 with four homers and nine RBIs in his last three games) over there as well.
The Phils will turn to Cole Hamels who has been his usual self after a rocky first couple of starts. He's been cursed by that no-support Phils lineup though and has only managed one 'W'.
It's a 9:40 start from from Chase Field. That's a little better than the 10:15 start times out in San Fran.