Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
Preview
Arizona at Atlanta
When: 1:35 PM ET, Sunday, July 15, 2018
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia

Strong play away from home has led the Arizona Diamondbacks into contention in the National League West, and they aim to win a franchise-record 54th contest before the All-Star break while capping a road sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. Arizona stifled the Braves offense for the second consecutive game in Saturday’s 3-0 victory, winning for the 14th time in its past 18 road contests.

Second baseman Ketel Marte snapped a 0-for-11 skid with a sixth-inning homer, and Zack Greinke fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Diamondbacks pitchers in the series have allowed just one run on 11 hits with 23 strikeouts. The Braves are limping into the All-Star break, losing Saturday for the eighth time in their past 10 games and off the field placed closer Arodys Vizcaino back on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Atlanta is hitting .241 as a team in that span with 33 runs scored and 100 strikeouts, finishing Saturday with only five hits while striking out 11 times. Shortstop Dansby Swanson collected two hits, but the Braves left six runners on base and have stranded 76 in their past 10 contests.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, FS South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.09 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.26)

Corbin has not received a decision in his past four starts, despite allowing just four runs with seven walks and 29 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old surrendered five runs in consecutive starts in mid-June before his current hot streak, in which he has posted a 1.54 ERA and features a 12-strikeout performance in seven scoreless innings June 22 at Pittsburgh. Corbin, who is holding right-handed hitters to a .192 average, is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA lifetime against Atlanta.

Teheran looks to put together two back-to-back good starts after holding Toronto to one run on three hits across 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday. The 27-year-old has battled consistency since the start of June, giving up four runs, zero runs, seven runs, zero runs and five runs in his five starts preceding his outing against Toronto. Teheran is 3-1 in seven career starts against the Diamondbacks with a 3.15 ERA.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Braves come into Sunday hitting .275 against left-handed pitching this season, led by 1B Freddie Freeman’s .350 mark against lefties.

2. Arizona LF David Peralta finished 1-for-4 Saturday and has reached base in 15 of his past 16 road games.

3. Atlanta begins a five-game road trip Friday at Washington, while Arizona opens a three-game home series with Colorado before starting a seven-game road swing.

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 5, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Arizona 53-43 W2 26-23 27-20 14-12 12-10 23-17 4-4
Atlanta 51-42 L2 24-20 27-22 27-14 10-9 7-11 7-8
Last Meeting
Arizona Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/14/18 ARI 3 ATL 0 .206 1 .623 .161 0 .381
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona S. Souza Jr. .375 3 .875
Atlanta F. Freeman .375 3 .750
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona K. Marte 1 1 1
Atlanta F. Freeman 0 1 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 0.50 .212 23
Atlanta 2.50 .175 16
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona D. Peralta .285 97 .848
Atlanta N. Markakis .323 119 .877
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona P. Goldschmidt 21 61 52
Atlanta O. Albies 20 73 54
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 3.61 .230 841
Atlanta 3.86 .258 830