Struggling hurlers try to rebound in D'backs-Rockies finale

Published September 22, 2013

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With the regular season winding down, Patrick Corbin and Juan Nicasio don't have much time left to get themselves on track.

The two struggling hurlers square off on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game set between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Corbin has solid season numbers at 14-7 with a 3.17 earned run average through 30 starts, but has lost four of his past five outings with a 7.76 ERA in that span. He is coming off the shortest outing of his career, lasting just two- plus innings versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

The left-hander was charged with six runs on seven hits and a walk over his outing as he struggled with his secondary pitches.

"They got a couple of hits early and I was leaving some breaking balls up," said Corbin. "I just couldn't find my spots early and they were able to get some hits."

The 24-year-old Corbin stands a good chance at rebounding today if he can duplicate his 2013 success versus the Rockies. He has won all three starts against them this year, striking out 25 over 23 2/3 innings.

Nicasio is also coming off a brief outing last time out, exiting after 2 2/3 frames in an 11-4 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. The right-hander was charged with eight runs to match a season high while also yielding eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Nicasio dipped to 8-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 29 starts this season. The 27-year- old is 1-0 lifetime versus Arizona with a 5.40 ERA.

Both the Rockies and Diamondbacks are looking towards 2014. Colorado is last in the NL West, while Arizona was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Friday with its third loss in four games.

The D'backs evened this set with Saturday's 7-2 win, getting a three-run homer from Matt Davidson.

Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado and Chris Owings drove in one run apiece for the Diamondbacks, with Goldschmidt upping his NL-leading RBI total to 122.

Trevor Cahill picked up the win after giving up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He fanned five and walked just one.

"When he doesn't walk people, he wins," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

Jonathan Herrera and Jordan Pacheco drove in one run apiece for the Rockies, who were denied a third straight win.

Collin McHugh allowed six runs on 11 hits over five innings to absorb the loss.

"It was kind of disappointing; too many balls up in the middle of the plate," McHugh said.

The Diamondbacks won 10 of their fist 16 games with the Rockies this season heading into the weekend, a year after they won the 2012 season series, 10-8.

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