Left-hander leaves in seventh inning after limiting Tribe to two unearned runs
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The D-backs got the best of the Indians' bullpen and Patrick Corbin turned in a strong start in a 4-2 Arizona victory on Saturday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
Cleveland threw a slew of relievers in the Cactus League outing, with Frank Herrmann taking the brunt of the damage in the first inning. Gerardo Parra doubled to lead off the game, and Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado homered in back-to-back at-bats.
In his two Cactus League outings since returning from Tommy John surgery, Herrmann has given up eight hits, six earned runs and three homers in just 1 2/3 innings. He did not escape the first on Saturday.
Cleveland got two back in the second when Carlos Santana reached on an error and scored on a Mike Aviles double. David Murphy also doubled and scored. Chris Owings singled and scored for the D-backs in the top of the third, extending the Arizona lead to 4-2.
In the D-backs' penultimate game before heading to Australia to kick off the season against the Dodgers, Corbin -- the team's scheduled Opening Day starter -- was forced out of the game early with what appeared to forearm soreness. It was announced Sunday that Corbin had damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and that he would not make the trip to Australia for the Opening Series against the Dodgers.
Before leaving, Corbin scattered two runs (neither of them earned) on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six without walking a batter, but left in the middle of an at-bat with one out and a man on in the seventh.
Goldschmidt also doubled and walked, and Aviles and Elliot Johnson combined for five hits.
Vinnie Pestano and John Axford each threw scoreless innings for the Tribe.
Up next: The D-backs will play one more Cactus League game before taking flight to Australia, meeting the Brewers in a 1:10 p.m. start at Salt River Fields. Trevor Cahill, recovering from a sore knee and being struck in the right arm by a pitch in a workout, is scheduled to make the start in preparation for taking the ball for the second game against the Dodgers in the Opening Series next weekend. Also on Sunday, the roster of players who will make the trip Down Under will be finalized.