J.D. Martinez has struggled to hit for average since being acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline, but he hasn’t disappointed in the power department. Martinez has recorded 11 home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 30 games for the Diamondbacks, who aim for a three-game sweep of the visiting San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Martinez and A.J. Pollock each belted solo homers in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph as Arizona won for the fifth time in six contests and maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over Colorado for the first wild-card spot in the National League. Brandon Drury is batting .268 with two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but manager Torey Lovullo has been encouraged by the second baseman’s play over the past few weeks. “He’s done an exceptional job with his at-bats and with his pregame work defensively,” Lovullo told reporters. “He’s been playing really, really good baseball. He deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done to turn things around.” The Giants have dropped 12 of their last 15 road games despite the play of Brandon Crawford, who is 15-for-35 with two homers and six RBIs during his 10-game hitting streak.
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco), FSN Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Chris Stratton (2-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (11-11, 4.09)
Stratton ran his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings by tossing six scoreless frames in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Milwaukee. The 27-year-old rookie is making a strong case for a spot in next season’s rotation but has struggled with his control, walking 15 batters in 31 2/3 innings. Stratton faced Arizona at home on Aug. 5 but did not factor in the decision after giving up three runs - two earned - over five frames in the Giants’ 5-4 victory.
Corbin won his third straight start on Tuesday, allowing one run and four hits over eight innings in a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets. The 28-year-old native of New York registered a career-high 20 1/3-inning scoreless streak from August 6-22 and owns a 2.92 ERA over his last 12 turns. Hunter Pence is 15-for-31 with four home runs against Corbin, who has gone 4-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 career games (16 starts) versus San Francisco.
1. Diamondbacks SS Ketel Marte left Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness and is listed as day-to-day.
2. San Francisco is 41-19 when scoring at least four runs.
3. Arizona starting pitchers are 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA over the last six games.
PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2