9/8/2013 1:25 A.M. ET
Corbin's gem lost amid Petit's dominance
By Willie Bans / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Kurt Gibson liked what he saw from Patrick Corbin on Friday night.
The D-backs were watching Corbin closely to decide if the young left-hander needs a break. His previous two starts were subpar, and Gibson has been asked repeatedly whether fatigue is a factor due to so many innings pitched (190 2/3) this season.
On most other nights, Corbin's outing would have been good enough to win, except the D-backs almost fell victim to a perfect game by Yusmeiro Petit. Corbin allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Corbin led with his sinker like he usually does, but used the slider as his No. 2 pitch instead of the four-seam fastball.
"I just think he's locating better," Gibson said. "He made a couple of mistakes, but he's locating the ball better, getting it to both sides of the plate. He's throwing strikes to the inside corner to the righties. It just seemed like he had more arm speed. He's very comfortable out there."
Prado a late scratch due to illness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Martin Prado, originally scheduled to bat fifth and start at left field Saturday evening, was scratched due to an illness, the team announced a little less than an hour before the first pitch against the Giants.
"He's been sick," manager Kurt Gibson said. "Congested, something in his sinuses."
Adam Eaton moved from center field to take Prado's place defensively, as well as going from batting leadoff to batting second. Second baseman Aaron Hill moved from second in the lineup to fifth.
A.J. Pollock was inserted to the lineup, batting first and playing center field. He went 1-for-5 with one strikeout.
Ready to turn page, D-backs tip cap to Petit
SAN FRANCISCO -- Inside a team's clubhouse the day after almost having a perfect game pitched against them is just like any other day, really. Chatter. Music. Watching college football on TV. The only difference is that the questions the team has to answer are mostly about yesterday.
In their answers, the D-backs tipped their caps to Yusmeiro Petit, the Giants' near-perfect hurler Friday night. In their body language, the D-backs showed they are looking forward to Saturday.
"We wanna put yesterday behind us," Adam Eaton said. "You gotta get on the board early."
Petit was nearly perfect against the team for which he played for three years, retiring the first 26 hitters he faced before allowing a single to Eric Chavez with two outs in the ninth.
The Giants won the game, 3-0, and the D-backs were answerless against Petit. He has made three starts since being called up late August, twice starting against Arizona. Petit also handed the D-backs a loss Sept. 1.
"Like I said last night, it would be hard to take away any credit from Petit," manager Kurt Gibson said. "Both times he's pitched against us, he's thrown the ball extremely well. We might have gotten a little frustrated, too, because he didn't really make any mistakes. You face some guys and as the game goes on, he makes a mistake. But his pitch count was so low, he really didn't do that."
• Before shortstop Chris Owings made his Major League debut on Friday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talked with Didi Gregorius to let him know Owings was going to start. Owings went 0-for-3 and started again on Saturday while Gregorius recovers from an illness.
"Yesterday, he was really dizzy," Gibson said. "It's nothing that he has done wrong. … He's a young kid, he's had a good year for us. He started out on fire, they made some adjustments to him, and he struggled a little bit recently. It's part of the process. … He's finding his way."
Gregorius is batting .260 in 93 games.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.