6/3/2013 9:00 P.M. ET
Corbin named National League Pitcher of the Month
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Right after informing Patrick Corbin that he had been named National League Pitcher of the Month, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had a suggestion for the left-hander.
Gibson believes that a person should continue to set goals and must be vigilant against complacency.
"You kind of think about how your mind works when you get awards or you set goals or you experience success -- it's dangerous because you can kind of hit a dull spot in your productivity line," Gibson said. "So you have to immediately set another goal or have another vision, and I thought the next vision would be the MVP of the World Series. [That] would be a good one for Patrick and everybody else in this clubhouse. That means they've done well individually and we've won the World Series."
Corbin was 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA, the best mark among NL qualifying pitchers, and he allowed just a .180 batting average against.
With the words of his manager ringing in his ears, Corbin emphasized what lies ahead rather than what he accomplished.
"It's pretty neat," Corbin said. "I just want to go out there and do my best every start and improve on it, and try to take it through the rest of the season. I mean this is a nice award and everything, but I just want to just try and continue it. A lot of starts left, and I'm just looking forward to my next start."
Corbin struggled a bit in his last start against the Cubs on Sunday when he allowed four runs in just six innings.
"Every start he goes out there he learns," Gibson said. "He's becoming a better pitcher. Maybe he gave up some runs those last couple of starts, but he's a better pitcher, I'm telling you that right now. He has a better understanding; [he's] going to be better prepared to work through situations."
Corbin's 9-0 record ties him with Brandon Webb for the most consecutive wins to start a season. No Arizona pitcher has ever won 10 to start a season.
Corbin beat out Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado for the No. 5 spot in the rotation this spring, and one of the things the organization likes best about him is his mental toughness and ability to handle pressure.
"I think no matter how I go out there and throw, whether it's a bad game or a good game, I try to stay level headed and just try to be myself and do what I've done to get to this point and try to improve from start to start and make sure I'm ready for each start," Corbin said.
Skaggs to get callup, will start Tuesday
ST. LOUIS -- As expected, Tyler Skaggs will get the ball for the D-backs on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.
Skaggs will be called up from Triple-A Reno and start in place of Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with right shoulder inflammation.
The D-backs will have to make a corresponding roster move prior to Tuesday's game to make room for Skaggs. Right-hander Randall Delgado was called up from Reno when McCarthy was placed on the DL and has been available in the bullpen the past few days.
Skaggs battled for the No. 5 spot in the rotation during Spring Training, and after struggling at the start of the regular season in Reno, he has pitched well of late. Last Monday, he was added to the roster to start the first game of a doubleheader against the Rangers.
Skaggs was impressive in that game, as he allowed just three hits over six shutout innings, and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was asked if that will give Skaggs confidence heading into Tuesday's start.
"It should," Gibson said. "He threw all of his pitches. That's what he has to do, and hopefully he'll do that again."
Skaggs had been scheduled to start for Reno on Saturday, but he was scratched from that start so that he would be available to pitch Tuesday.
Bradley, Owings receive Minor League honors
ST. LOUIS -- This is starting to become a habit.
For the second straight month, Archie Bradley and Chris Owings were named Pitcher and Player of the Month respectively for the D-backs organization.
Bradley was promoted from Class A Visalia to Double-A Mobile on May 2 and was 4-1 with a 0.79 ERA in the month, striking out 37 over six starts.
The 20-year-old right-hander had an 18-inning scoreless streak from May 2-24, and he was named the Southern League's Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 13-19.
Bradley's combined ERA of 1.01 and 80 strikeouts ranks second among all Minor Leaguers.
Owings hit .355 with six doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs while playing shortstop for the Triple-A Reno Aces.
The 21-year-old opened the month with an eight-game hitting streak and finished it with a 19-game streak. His current 21-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in professional baseball and the third longest in club history.
Owings leads all of professional baseball with 86 hits and leads the Pacific Coast League in games (57), at-bats (251) and runs scored (48), while his .343 batting average ranks sixth.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.