Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Picks up second straight start

Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Picks up second straight start

Owings will start in right field and bat fifth Sunday against the Padres.

Owings sat out the series opener Friday after exiting early a night earlier against the Padres following his collision with teammate A.J. Pollock. The utility man escaped with only a contusion on his head, so the Diamondbacks cleared Owings to start in Saturday’s 6-2 win. Owings went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and was caught stealing in the contest, with his activity on the basepaths in particular suggesting that his injury wasn’t anything worrisome.

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Corbin fans 11 in 6 innings, D-backs win 7th straight series

Corbin fans 11 in 6 innings, D-backs win 7th straight series

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed (13) celebrates his two-run home run against the San Diego Padres with A.J. Pollock (11) during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin struck out 11 in six innings to improve to 4-0 in five starts, and the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first team in 15 years to win their first seven series of a season with a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who took the last two from the Padres after losing the series opener.

The last team to win its first seven series was the San Francisco Giants in 2003. Arizona’s 15-6 record matches the franchise’s best start after 21 games.

Corbin (4-0), coming off a one-hit, complete-game shutout of San Francisco on Tuesday night, allowed two hits, one of them a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva, and walked one. He also singled in the last run in the Diamondbacks’ four-run fourth inning. The left-hander, again displaying a dominant slider, has 48 strikeouts in five starts.

Archie Bradley survived some trouble to get the final four outs for his second save. The shortstop Ahmed made a diving stop to get the first out in the ninth. Villanueva then doubled and moved to third on Eric Hosmer‘s groundout before Bradley struck out Jose Pirela to end the game.

Villanueva’s seventh home run of the season came on an 0-2 pitch after Corbin struck out Wil Myers but the ball sailed to the backstop and Myers reached safely, avoiding what would have been the third out.

Rookie Joey Lucchese (2-1) gave up four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked four.

Arizona broke a scoreless tie with Lucchesi’s help in a four-run fourth.

Paul Goldschmidt drew a leadoff walk and A.J. Pollock singled. With one out and runners at first and third, Pollock broke for second and Lucchesi threw the ball wildly over the first baseman Myers’ head. Goldschmidt scored and Pollock raced to third. The next batter, Ahmed, hit a two-run shot into the Arizona bullpen down the left field line and the Diamondbacks were up 3-0. Deven Marraro walked, stole second and scored on Corbin’s two-out single up the middle to make it 4-0.

Corbin struck out the first two he faced in the fourth, and got Myers to wave at a slider that bounced far off the plate. By the time catcher Jeff Mathis chased it down, Myers was on first, the inning was still alive and Villanueva was at the plate.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: 1B Wil Myers started after taking Saturday off as the Padres ease him back following his return from the 10-day DL (nerve irritation in his right arm) on Friday.

Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb (right shoulder) could rejoin the Diamondbacks on their trip that starts Tuesday in Philadelphia. … Steven Souza Jr., who has yet to play because of a strained right pectoral muscle, resumed throwing exercises on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Padres: San Diego opens a three-game series at Colorado on Monday night, going with RH Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 5.03) against the Rockies’ Chad Bettis (3-0, 1.44).

Diamondbacks: Arizona has Monday off, and then opens a three-game set in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks will go with LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.98) against Phillies RHP Vince Velasqueez (1-2, 3.80).

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D-backs' Lamb to be re-evaluated, won't join team on road trip

D-backs' Lamb to be re-evaluated, won't join team on road trip

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb scores the tying run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 15th inning of a baseball game off a base hit by teammate Nick Ahmed Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 8-7. (AP Photo/Matt York)

After it was expected he would join the team for the upcoming road trip, Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb will not be on the roster in Philadelphia.

“He has some tendinitis in his right elbow, he had an MRI and it showed a little bit inflammation and for me, this is a no-brainer to give him a little bit of rest,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said after the team’s 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. “He’s just too important to this ballclub to force anything.

“Through his intensity, the work habits and all the good things that he’s doing to get back here as quickly as possible, this may have caught up to him. Like I said, we want to make sure he’s comfortable and 100 percent healthy so if we need to wait a little bit more time to reaccess this, we’re going to do it.”

The plan is for Lamb to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

On April 2, the third baseman was seen on two occasions favoring his left shoulder. He dove for a foul ball in the ninth inning and later scored the game-tying run, sliding into home plate in the bottom of the 15th inning.

Lamb was put on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left AC joint the following day.

Before his injury, Lamb was on a fast pace to start the 2018 season, batting .278 with 5 RBI in four games.

But as much as Lamb’s presence elevates the team, the D-backs continue to roll, winning their seventh straight series to start the season — the first team to do so since the 2003 San Francisco Giants.

A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt have picked up most of the slack in his absence, with Goldschmidt hitting safely in 10 of his last 12 games, while Pollock is leading the team in homers (5) and RBI (16).

Diamondbacks are planning for Jake Lamb to return on Tuesday

Diamondbacks are planning for Jake Lamb to return on Tuesday

The Diamondbacks are planning on a Tuesday return for injured third baseman Jake Lamb, manager Torey Lovullo said on Sunday.

Lamb, who injured his left shoulder on April 3, has been rehabbing in extended spring training and is penciled in for activation when the Diamondbacks open a three-game series on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old had a scheduled off day on Sunday and was expected to be evaluated by the team’s training staff before it would be definitively determined whether Lamb could make the road trip.

“He’s going to be evaluated (Sunday) to find out how he’s feeling,” Lovullo said. “Anything’s possible in this scenario, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I want to make sure he feels good and is cleared by the medical team and we can target a date. But we haven’t gotten to that point.”

The left-handed hitter has been playing in games at the team’s spring training facility in Scottsdale this week. After serving as a designated hitter in his first game, Lamb began ramping up his playing time at third base from four innings to playing a full nine.

“I think we’re taking advantage of our facility being right here in town,” Lovullo said of Lamb rehabbing at Salt River Fields. “There’s great competition and those guys work extremely hard in extended. When you play against somebody in a different uniform and perhaps in a different venue, which we do, I’m always in favor of that.”

Lovullo said Lamb has had enough “hot at-bats” in extended spring training that an alternative rehab assignment would not be necessary. However, if it were July, Lamb would likely be seeing in-game action elsewhere.

“I think hot at-bats, for me, are at-bats against a pitcher in a different uniform and at times in a different venue,” Lovullo said. “It just helps you get as ready as you can possibly get. We’ve done that with Jake, so we’re okay there. Once extended is finished and through, different story. I would definitely want them to get out to an affiliate if they need to.”

Souza begins throwing

Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. began what is likely the final step of his rehab on Sunday – throwing a baseball.

It sounds simple, but throwing has been an obstacle for Souza since suffering a strained right pectoral late in spring training. He experienced a setback 10 days ago when he began throwing for the first time since the injury.

Lovullo said he didn’t watch Souza throw on Sunday, but he got the indication that everything was going smoothly.

“He had a light throwing program,” Lovullo said. “I haven’t had a report on how it’s going. I know he’s probably being evaluated (Sunday afternoon). When I passed through, it seemed to be going well.

“There were conversations, a little stoppage, and then he kept going.”

The fact that Souza apparently continued to throw after a stoppage certainly bodes well for his recovery timeline. Lovullo said he has “no limitations” at the plate.

The outfielder will likely play games at extended spring training this week before the Diamondbacks consider activating him. Souza is still waiting to make his team debut.

“We’re hoping there’s good news through today,” Lovullo said. “Today was the first day he’s throwing in (10 days). Hopefully, if we get the news that he feels good, we’ll take the next step forward. There’s a strategy to what’s happening, but today was a big day.”

Delgado shut down

Despite throwing a bullpen session on Saturday at Chase Field, right-hander Randall Delgado has been shut down from his current rehab process, Lovullo said.

“Randall has been pulled off of his rehab,” Lovullo said. “We’re going to have him down for seven days of (no throwing). He feels good, and obviously there was a drop in velocity that was a concern that we had. So we’re going to shut him down.”

Lovullo said that team doctors found no injury to Delgado, but the drop in the pitcher’s velocity was enough for the team to shut him down for the next week.

Delgado, who is coming off an arm injury as well as an oblique strain, told reporters on Saturday that he feels perfectly healthy.

Having not pitched in a live game since last season, Delgado will likely need several rehab appearances before he is activated.

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Arizona beats San Diego 6-2

Arizona beats San Diego 6-2

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Godley settled down after a shaky start to throw 51/3 solid innings and singled home a run as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Saturday night.

A.J. Pollock had a solo homer and RBI single for Arizona. Deven Marrero tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice, and Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI triple.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks, losers      to the Padres 4-1 on Friday night, will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound today to try to extend their franchise record with a seventh consecutive series win to start the season.

Pitching on his 28th birthday, Godley (3-1) gave up two runs in the first inning and blanked the Padres over the next 41/3. 

Andrew Chafin, Fernando Salas and T.J. McFarland held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way.

Godley struck out eight and walked one in an outing abbreviated by a high pitch count. San Diego’s Clayton Richard (1-2) had similar issues. The left-hander went five innings plus a batter, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three.

NOTES: CF Pollock and RF Owings were back in the lineup after missing a game following their outfield collision Thursday night. … 3B Jake Lamb (sprained shoulder) is expected to return sometime during the team’s road trip next week.

Godley, Pollock lead D-Backs past Padres 6-2

Godley, Pollock lead D-Backs past Padres 6-2

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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard flips his cup of water as he sits in the dugout after being pulled from a baseball game during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Godley settled down after a shaky start to throw 5 1/3 solid innings and singled home a run as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Saturday night.

A.J. Pollock had a solo homer and RBI single for Arizona. Deven Marrero tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice, and Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI triple.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks, losers to the Padres 4-1 on Friday night, will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound Sunday to try to extend their franchise record with a seventh consecutive series win to start the season.

Pitching on his 28th birthday, Godley (3-1) gave up two runs in the first inning and blanked the Padres over the next 4 1/3. Andrew Chafin, Fernando Salas and T.J. McFarland held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way.

Godley struck out eight and walked one in an outing abbreviated by a high pitch count. San Diego’s Clayton Richard (1-2) had similar issues. The left-hander went five innings plus a batter, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three.

Jose Pirela and Christian Villanueva singled in the Padres’ first and, with two outs, Franchy Cordero – who hit a 489-foot homer the previous night – doubled off the wall above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center to bring both runners home.

Arizona tied it in the second. Chris Owings singled and scored on Marrero’s triple into the right-center gap. Richard struck out John Ryan Murphy for the second out, but Godley’s dribbler up the middle got through the infield and brought home Marrero to make it 2-2.

The Diamondbacks grabbed the lead for good with two down in the third when Pollock homered just over the fence in right field, his team-leading fifth of the season.

Arizona tacked on another in the sixth. Owings led off with a walk, ending Richard’s night. Side-arm reliever Adam Cimber came on and got two quick outs, one when catcher Austin Hedges threw out Owings trying to steal. But Marrero, John Ryan Murphy and pinch hitter Daniel Descalso reeled off consecutive singles, the last bringing in a run, and it was 4-2.

Goldschmidt tripled off the center field wall to bring in a run in the seventh and scored on Pollock’s single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Placed OF Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day DL with right elbow inflammation and reinstated CF Manuel Margot. Margot was hit by a pitch at Colorado on April 10 and has been out with bruised ribs. Margot was the leadoff batter Saturday night.

Diamondbacks: CF Pollock and RF Owings were back in the lineup after missing a game following their outfield collision Thursday night. … 3B Jake Lamb (sprained shoulder) is expected to return sometime during the team’s road trip next week. … OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pec) is to resume throwing Sunday after being shut down for a few days.

ARCHIE’S BOBBLEHEAD

A crowd of 38,820 attended ultra-popular, heavily-bearded reliever Archie Bradley’s bobblehead night. The first 20,000 received the doll, which – complete with sound – commemorates Bradley’s unlikely two-run triple in last season’s NL wild card game win over Colorado.

UP NEXT

Lefty Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.65 ERA), coming off a one-hit shutout of San Francisco, tries to keep the series-winning streak alive. San Diego will counter with LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66).

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