After just making the club as the team's fifth starter out of Spring Training, left-hander Patrick Corbin will go for a D-backs record when he takes the mound vs. the Phillies on Thursday at Chase Field.
In six starts this year, Corbin has worked six innings or more and allowed two runs or fewer, tying Dan Haren for the longest such streak in franchise history to begin a season.
His last time out, the 23-year-old sophomore gave up only one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven against the Padres.
"I just felt like I could go out there and throw anything I wanted," Corbin said after the game. "When you have that lead, you have in the back of your head that you can go after these guys a little more. I just wanted to keep my pitch count low and make sure I got deep in the game to help the bullpen out."
"His sinker was good, his slider, everything," added catcher Wil Nieves after his last outing. "He was just getting ahead of the hitters. He was able to throw anything in any count, so it was fun catching him tonight. He was just on. His slider was real sharp."
So far this season, Corbin is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched).
"I just want to keep this up," Corbin said. "I know I've got a lot of starts left, and that's one thing I don't want, to fatigue or anything like that."
The youngster will be in tough against veteran Cole Hamels, who has regained his form since his early struggles.
After allowing 13 earned runs in his first two starts, the 29-year-old lefty has only allowed nine in his last five starts, each of them a quality start.
Unfortunately, he's been a hard-luck pitcher in most of those starts, as the Phillies haven't provided much, if any, run support. Philadelphia has been shut out twice and scored a solitary run once as the club has gone 1-4 in those starts.
"I don't think it's anything I haven't already learned," Hamels said. "I've pitched a few years here in the big leagues and had some instances where I didn't get the runs. You have to keep playing the game, because it can definitely turn around."
"It stinks as a hitter," added teammate Domonic Brown. "We're doing our best to score runs for Cole, and then we go out and buy one hit. But that's baseball."
Hamels will have to contend with a red-hot Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a game-winning homer for the D-backs on Tuesday before launching both the tying and winning homers Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Phillies: Manuel to become team leader in games managed
No matter what happens Thursday, one thing will be for sure: Charlie Manuel will become the longest-tenured manager in franchise history.
He managed his 1,331st game with the Phillies on Wednesday, moving him into a first-place tie with Gene Mauch for the most in franchise history. Thursday will mark his 1,332nd, moving him into sole possession in Philadelphia history.
He has the most wins in franchise history and holds a record of 743-588 with the Phillies. He is one of only two managers to lead the club to a World Series victory.
D-backs: Putz to DL; Bell slids into closer role
Arizona placed closer J.J. Putz on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained elbow. He was sent to Phoenix to undergo an MRI.
In Putz's place, the D-backs have handed the ball to Heath Bell, who has earned the save in each of the past two games. Bell, no stranger to the closer role with 155 career saves, said the bullpen won't be the same without Putz.
"I think we're going to miss J.J.," Bell said. "He's kind of our captain down there, our leader."
Since 2008, the Phillies have posted a .635 winning percentage (106-61) against the National League West -- the best of any team in the NL -- and have won at least 19 games in each of those five seasons.
They are 2-1 against the West so far this season.
• In 40 at-bats against Hamels, Arizona outfielder Cody Ross is hitting .300 with five homers and a .725 slugging percentage.
Evan Peaslee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.