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RHP Randall Delgado is to make his sixth start while filling open spots first by RHP Ian Kennedy (suspension) and then by RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder). Delgado has made quality starts in four of his last five appearances and has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his five starts. He has never faced Milwaukee with either Arizona or Atlanta.
LHP Patrick Corbin (11-1) struck out 10, tying a career high for the second game in a row, and the bullpen held a lead in a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee. Corbin joined Adam Wainwright, Jordan Zimmermann and Lance Lynn as the fourth pitcher in the NL with at least 11 victories. He started spring training as a contender for the No. 5 spot and now heads to the All-Star game. "I just wanted to come in and be consistent and try to get better start by start. It's something I think I've done," Corbin said. "I learned a lot I want to continue on to the next half and try to keep it going and do as much as I can to help these guys win." The bullpen has failed to hold three of his leads in the ninth inning this season.
RHP J.J. Putz is a candidate to return to the closer's role after the All-Star break, manager Kirk Gibson said Friday. Putz has converted half of his 10 save opportunities while missing seven weeks with a right elbow injury. "We'll work him along. We know that we have to be better than we were in the first half," said Gibson, whose team has a major league-high 19 blown saves. "It just wears you down. He's a guy with experience. If we continue to see improvement, he'd certainly be a guy that we would want to utilize in that role." Gibson said talks with general manager Kevin Towers have included discussions "some within the box, some outside the box. I don't know how it's going to all shake out." Asked if a starting pitcher could be moved to the bullpen, Gibson said, "We'll consider anything." It is unclear what starter would be a candidate to move.
OF Gerardo Parra was given a start off Friday, although he had a sacrifice bunt as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and stayed in the game in the ninth. "He's kind of beat up right now," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been diving all over. He is tired. You can see it in his play." Parra suffered scrapes on his face and right arm when he hit the warning track face-first on a diving attempt to catch a fly ball July 1. He was given a concussion test and passed, but he was held out the next two days. "He hasn't been the same since then," Gibson said. Parra is expected to start Saturday.
RHP David Hernandez, the closer for the night, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save of the season. He struck out the final two batters, one with a curve in the dirt and another with a fastball. "Finally happy to close out a game for Patrick. Sent him off to New York well," Hernandez said. Hernandez got his second save a night after RHP Brad Ziegler got his second, as the D-backs opted for a closer-by-situation mode for the final series before the All-Star Game.