Arizona's Corbin strong in bid for rotation spot

  • Article by: BOB BAUM
  • Associated Press
  • March 29, 2013 - 11:47 PM

PHOENIX - Patrick Corbin blanked Cincinnati on two hits through six innings, strengthening his bid for a spot in Arizona's rotation in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

The left-hander, competing with Randall Delgado to be Arizona's No. 5 starter, struck out seven and walked two.

Bronson Arroyo, whose previous outing ended when he was struck in his pitching hand by a line drive, gave up a run on Jason Kubel's homer, scattering seven hits with one strikeout in six innings.

Ryan Ludwick got both hits off Corbin, a first-inning single and a fourth-inning double.

Kubel, batting .150 for the spring going into the game, hit his second home run of the preseason.

Corbin finished the spring 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA. Delgado, who came from Atlanta as part of the Justin Upton trade, pitches Saturday.

Arroyo left Sunday's start against Texas after 5 1-3 innings when he was hit in his right hand by a line drive off the bat of David Murphy. But X-rays were negative and he said he needed to get some work in a final start of the spring. He is set to go for the Reds next Wednesday in the finale of their season-opening series against the Los Angeles Angels.

On Friday night, the right-hander blanked the Diamondbacks on three hits through four innings, then gave up the home run to Kubel leading off the fifth.

"I was just trying to throw strikes and not get hit while getting my pitch count up," he said. "My hand is fine. It is sore to the touch but I don't feel it at all doing anything on the field."

Arroyo called it "a great spring for me."

"It doesn't mean anything, but it's as comfortable as I've ever felt on the field," he said. "I might give up 16 runs in my first start. But I feel comfortable right now."

The only run Arizona managed off him came when Kubel lofted a 2-2 pitch just over the fence in right.

The Reds reserves, mostly minor leaguers after wholesale personnel changes in the seventh, scored a run in the seventh off reliever Brad Ziegler to tie it and another off left-hander Joe Paterson in the ninth.

Felix Perez scored both runs for Cincinnati. He led off the eighth with a triple and scored on a groundout to put the Reds up 2-1.

NOTES: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from the lineup due to illness. ... Arizona OF Cody Ross, who manager Kirk Gibson confirmed will start the year on the DL with a calf strain, says he hopes to return the second week of the season. ... The Reds have a split-squad game Saturday, against Arizona at Chase Field and against Cleveland at the Reds/Indians spring training park in Goodyear. ... Both teams open their seasons at home on Monday, the Reds against the Los Angeles Angels, the Diamondbacks against St. Louis.

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