Cincinnati at Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) - Patrick Corbin could hardly have made a better final case for himself in his bid to make the Arizona rotation.

The left-hander blanked Cincinnati on two hits through six innings in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss to the Reds on Friday night.

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

"He threw the ball really good," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was very comfortable on the mound in the whole environment. He was hitting both sides of the plate. His slider was very good tonight, very sharp, and his change-ups, the few that he threw, also were very effective."

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. Gibson said he wanted to wait until after that to make his decisions on his rotation. Wade Miley, penciled as the No. 4 starter but bothered by a tired arm earlier this spring, will start on Saturday, with Delgado coming on afterward.

"We're going to see the process through," Gibson said. "We've got guys that are going to throw tomorrow. `'

Corbin said he pushed any nerves about making the big league team out of the way.

"I honestly didn't really think of it too much," he said. "Whatever their decision is, I feel like I'll be up here at some point during the year. I was just able to go out there, be myself, compete and just work on some stuff to get ready for the regular season."

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 on 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."

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Arroyo "was great other than the home run to Kubel."

"He had more zip on his fastball. He had great location," Baker said. "He's thrown the ball well all spring. I've never seen him so sharp this soon."

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 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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Arizona

J. Kubel
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

F. Perez
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3000011 .341
    Chris Heisey, CF1000002 .254
Jason Donald, 2B2000010 .250
   a- Cesar Izturis, PH-2B2000000 .327
Joey Votto, 1B1000100 .340
   b- Mike Hessman, PH-1B2000010 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF2020000 .224
   c- Xavier Paul, PH-LF2000000 .261
Jay Bruce, RF2000013 .222
    Felix Perez, RF2220000 .800
Todd Frazier, 3B2000011 .241
    Jack Hannahan, 3B1000000 .220
Zack Cozart, SS2000010 .273
    Emmanuel Burriss, SS2001001 .207
Devin Mesoraco, C1000100 .317
    Konrad Schmidt, C1000001 .250
Bronson Arroyo, P2000021 .333
   d- Henry Rodriguez, PH1011000 .400
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   e- Kris Negron, PH1000011 .385
    Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .000
Totals3225229  
a-flied out for Donald in the 6th
b-fouled out for Votto in the 6th
c-grounded out for Ludwick in the 6th
d-singled for Arroyo in the 7th
e-struck out for LeCure in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (4, Corbin)
3B - Felix Perez (2, Paterson)
RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (4), Henry Rodriguez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Henry Rodriguez (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Votto-Cozart, Donald-Cozart-Votto, Burriss-Hessman
E - Todd Frazier (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo 6711011 3.13
J.J. Hoover 0.1000000 1.74
Aroldis Chapman 0.2000010 1.86
Sam LeCure (W,2-0) 1100010 1.80
Alfredo Simon (S,1) 1000110 8.22
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 99-75, J.J. Hoover 4-2, Aroldis Chapman 6-5, Sam LeCure 10-7, Alfredo Simon 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 8-8, Aroldis Chapman 1-0, Sam LeCure 1-0, Alfredo Simon 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 24, J.J. Hoover 1, Aroldis Chapman 2, Sam LeCure 3, Alfredo Simon 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF3000001 .304
    Socrates Brito, RF1010000 .571
Martin Prado, 3B3010000 .226
    Matt Davidson, 3B1000001 .206
Aaron Hill, 2B3010001 .400
    Josh Wilson, 2B1000010 .250
Miguel Montero, C3020001 .300
    Tuffy Gosewisch, C1000010 .286
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3010003 .410
    Eric Hinske, 1B1000000 .341
Jason Kubel, LF3111003 .163
    Tony Campana, CF0000100 .240
A.J. Pollock, CF2000010 .240
    Alfredo Marte, LF2000001 .182
Cliff Pennington, SS2010001 .255
    Nick Ahmed, SS1000000 .269
Patrick Corbin, P1000000 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Chavez, PH1000010 .359
    Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3218114  
a-struck out for Ziegler in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jason Kubel (2, Arroyo)
SH - Patrick Corbin (1)
RBI - Jason Kubel (4)
SB - Tony Campana (2, 2nd base off Simon/Schmidt)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin 6200270 2.81
Brad Ziegler (BS,1) 1211000 1.80
Tony Sipp 1000010 2.25
Joe Paterson (L,0-1) 0.2111000 1.69
J.J. Putz 0.1000010 1.69
HBP - Schmidt (by Brad Ziegler), Hannahan (by Joe Paterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 93-60, Brad Ziegler 13-8, Tony Sipp 15-10, Joe Paterson 11-5, J.J. Putz 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 4-7, Brad Ziegler 3-0, Joe Paterson 2-0
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 22, Brad Ziegler 6, Tony Sipp 3, Joe Paterson 4, J.J. Putz 1
Game Information
Attendance - 14839
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Brad Myers