(Sports Network) - Two of the National League's top pitchers through the early
part of the season are set to square off, as the San Diego Padres and the
Arizona Diamondbacks close out their three-game set on Sunday afternoon.
Journeyman right-hander Jason Marquis has been a pleasant surprise for the
Padres, as he sits with a 6-2 record and a 3.27 ERA, and he's pitched
especially well in recent weeks.
Marquis has won five consecutive starts, the first time he's accomplished that
feat since 2007 as a member of the Chicago Cubs. He most recently took down
St. Louis on May 20, allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.
"He's a guy that continues to make pitches when he needs to," San Diego
manager Bud Black said of Marquis. "He knows how to navigate his way through a
major league game. He gets on some nice rolls where he retires some hitters
and makes it look easy."
Marquis' counterpart on Sunday will be Patrick Corbin, who's one of the few
hurlers who've outperformed him of late. Corbin has also won five straight
starts to climb to a perfect 7-0 with a minuscule ERA of 1.44.
Corbin's latest outing was the most dominant of his young career, pitching a
complete game, three-hitter against Colorado on May 20, allowing one earned
run while striking out 10.
The 23-year old southpaw became the first Diamondback lefty to start a season
7-0 since Randy Johnson in 2000. He also set a franchise record by recording
his ninth straight start of at least six innings while allowing two runs or
Corbin dismissed the Padres on May 4, striking out seven in seven innings in
an 8-1 victory.
San Diego managed to pull the weekend series even on Saturday night by coming
away with a convincing 10-4 win.
The Padres trailed the Diamondbacks heading into the fourth inning, 4-2, but
they exploded for a five-run fourth to pull ahead, and they distanced
themselves from Arizona for good with two more runs in the fifth.
Everth Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a homer and career-high four RBI, and he also
swiped his major league-leading 19th stolen base of the season. Kyle Blanks
and Nick Hundley also registered multi-hit games, while Yonder Alonso drove in
a pair of runs.
Andrew Cashner (4-2) wasn't at his best - he surrendered nine hits and four
earned runs in six innings - but he was good enough to earn the victory. The
righty has now won three straight decisions.
The disappointing season for Wade Miley (3-4) continued, as he gave up seven
earned runs in less than four innings of work, upping his ERA to 4.53 in the
Eric Chavez belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and later
plated another runner with a sacrifice fly. Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra
each had three hits, although neither managed an extra-base hit.
San Diego took two of three games versus Arizona at home from May 3-5 and have
won 12 of the last 17 meetings.
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