Patrick Corbin dominated the San Francisco Giants, giving up two hits and one run in 7 2⁄3 innings while striking out nine of 26 batters faced in what ended up a 4-2 win in the series finale in the nation’s capital this afternoon, leading Washington’s Nationals to a series win.
Corbin vs SFG: In his third outing, after signing a 6-year/$140M deal with Washington this past winter, Patrick Corbin held Pittsburgh’s Pirates to a run on four hits over seven strong innings on the mound in his new home, walking one batter, and striking out 11 of the 25 he faced overall in what ended up a 6-3 loss in which he received no decision.
“He’s pitched well,” Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after Corbin’s third start without a decision.
“Every start he’s kept us in the ballgame. We’re going to get him a win, I know that, so he’s just got to keep going. He’s pitching well, and every five days that he’s out there, we know we’ve got a chance to win.”
In his fourth start of the 2019 campaign this afternoon, Corbin retired the first nine batters he faced before issuing a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth, but he erased that runner on a pickoff play, and completed another scoreless and hitless frame in what was a 3-0 game at that point.
Patrick Corbin, Disgusting 3 Pitch K (66mph Curveball & 2 Swords on Sliders). ⚔️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/XR3NxtAlm8— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 18, 2019
Evan Longoria doubled to left-center for the Giants’ first hit with one out in the top of the fifth, but Corbin completed five scoreless on just 60 pitches and the Nationals scored to make it 4-0 in the bottom of the inning.
He was up to 71 pitches after an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth, and the lefty came back out in the top of the seventh and retired the side in order in a 12-pitch frame that left him at 83 total with nine Ks from 22 batters faced.
Corbin came back out in the eighth inning and hit the first batter, Evan Longoria, and two outs later, Erik Kratz hit a two-out RBI double to drive in the Giants’ first run, 4-1.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 107 P, 71 S, 6/3 GO/FO.
Pomerantz vs D.C.: Signed to a 1-year/$1.5M free agent deal by San Francisco this winter, veteran lefty Drew Pomeranz provided reliable results through his first three outings with the Giants: 5.0-ish innings, 90-ish pitches, two earned runs allowed.
Pomeranz took the mound today in the series finale with the Nationals in Washington, D.C. with a 3.86 ERA and a .291/.350/.509 line against in 14 IP in his first three starts this season.
The southpaw paid for a two-out walk in the first when Ryan Zimmerman drove Juan Soto in with an opposite field, RBI double on a 94 MPH 3-2 fastball, 1-0.
Career RBI No. 9⃣9⃣7⃣ for Ryan Zimmerman!— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 18, 2019
MID 2 // #Nats 1, Giants 0 pic.twitter.com/B0LbNWgpjY
Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the third made it a 2-0 game in the home team’s favor.
Wilmer Difo hit a solo home run on a 3-1 pitch in the fourth, 3-0.
You can't spell "Wilmer Difo" without "D" and "O."— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 18, 2019
You just can't. Try it. pic.twitter.com/Qgp4XfCoPy
Michael A. Taylor singled, Victor Robles doubled, and a hit-by-pitch on Juan Soto’s wrist (which didn’t look good) loaded the bases with one out in the Nationals’ half of the fifth inning.
Ryan Zimmerman K’d looking for out No. 2, but Yan Gomes walked to force in a run and end Pomeranz’s outing, 4-0 Nationals.
That was it for Pomeranz...
Drew Pomeranz’s Line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 88 P, 52 S, 4/1 GO/FO.
Rendon is Streaking: Anthony Rendon singled in his final at bat last night, extending his hit streak to 15-straight, over which the 28-year-old infielder was 24 for 58 (.414/.485/.862) with eight doubles, six home runs, eight walks, and 11 Ks.
He extended the streak early this afternoon, doubling to left and off the top of the fence on an 0-1 pitch from Drew Pomeranz, and Rendon scored on an opposite field double by Juan Soto in the next at bat.
BULLPEN ACTION: Trevor Gott got the third out of the fifth after inheriting a bases-loaded, two-out jam.
Sam Dyson came on for the Giants in the bottom of the sixth, and tossed a scoreless, 10-pitch frame, working around a leadoff single by Wilmer Difo.
Offered without comment or context... pic.twitter.com/OvmU0sHHbE— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 18, 2019
Dyson returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and tossed another scoreless frame to keep it a 4-0 game.
Travis Bergen gave up a leadoff double by Brian Dozier in the bottom of the eighth, and Dozier stole third with Wilmer Difo up.
Mark Melancon came on for Bergen after a walk to Difo put runners on the corners and got three quick-ish outs to keep it close.
Sean Doolittle came on for the save in the top of the ninth inning and gave up three singles which made it a two-run game, with Evan Longoria driving in a run, 4-2. That’s how it ended, however, with Doolittle striking Brandon Crawford out to strand two runners. Ballgame.
Nationals now 9-8