Patrick Corbin tossed nine scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins, and a five-run fourth was all the Washington Nationals needed for a second straight win over the Fish in Nationals Park, 5-0 final.
It was the fifth complete game and the second complete game shutout of Corbin’s career.
Corbin vs the Marlins: Patrick Corbin gave up six hits, three walks, and four earned runs in five innings last time out before today, taking a loss in what ended up a 5-3 game against the New York Mets in Citi Field.
That outing left the left-hander (4-2) in 10 starts, with a 3.25 ERA, a 3.42 FIP, 21 walks (2.97 BB/9), and 76 Ks (10.74 K/9) in 63 2⁄3 IP, over which opposing hitters had a .209/.279/.355 line against him.
Going up against the Marlins for the first time this season this afternoon, Corbin tossed four scoreless on 49 pitches to start, working around two hits (with inning-ending double plays in two of the first four innings) and striking out three of the first 12 batters he faced.
A 10-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth gave Corbin 10-straight batters set down after Harold Ramirez’s one-out single in the second, and he worked around a leadoff single in a 15-pitch sixth, 13 of 14 set down, 74 pitches total in six scoreless.
A 15-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh pushed him up to 89 pitches with 16 of the last 17 set down, and he came back out for the top of the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to right field by Harold Ramirez and a walk to Martin Prado, before a double play grounder off Miguel Rojas’s bat, and a K from catcher Bryan Holaday gave him eight scoreless on 103 pitches.
Corbin came back out for the ninth retired the side in order to finish up nine on 116 pitches.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 116 P, 70 S, 12/4 GO/FO.
Sandy in D.C.: Sandy Alcantara, 23, snapped a seven-start winless streak, over which he was (0-4) with a 6.25 ERA and .310/.406/.490 line against in 36 IP with a complete game shutout against the New York Mets last time out before today, holding the Marlins’ NL East rivals to a total of two hits and a walk in an 89-pitch effort in a 3-0 win at home in Miami.
Going up against the Nats for the first time this season, Alcantara tossed three scoreless on 35 pitches, but Juan Soto drove Anthony Rendon in from second with a single to right in the bottom of the fourth to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Matt Adams walked in the at bat after Soto’s hit, and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position with one out and Brian Dozier at the plate, but Dozier grounded one over toward third and the throw home was high and wide allowing Soto to avoid the tag, 2-0.
Victor Robles got one up and in that hit his face but just a glancing blow that somehow did not really hurt him, and Yan Gomes stepped in with the bases loaded and sent an opposite field double by first to clear them, 5-0 Nationals.
Alcantara threw a scoreless fifth, but he was up to 82 pitches overall and the Marlins went to the pen in the bottom of the sixth...
Sandy Alcantara’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 82 P, 52 S, 7/2 GO/FO.
Soto is Streaking: With the first of his three hits last night, Juan Soto extended his hit streak to eight straight games, over which he was 15-for-30 (.500 AVG) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBIs, four walks, and six runs scored, and the 20-year-old slugger had multi-hit efforts in five of the eight games on the streak, which took him from .228/.345/.415 on the year to .281/.385/.516 heading into the second of four with the Fish in D.C. today.
Soto made it a nine-game hit streak with a single in his second trip to the plate, driving in a run with the hit, a grounder through the right side that gave the Nationals a 1-0 advantage and left him 16 for 32 on the streak. He added another single in the bottom of the fifth, 2 for 3 on the day, and finished up 2 for 4.
BULLPEN ACTION: Left-hander Jarlin García took over for the Marlins in the bottom of the sixth and worked around a two-out walk in a 14-pitch frame.
García returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and worked around a walk to Adam Eaton for a scoreless frame.
In his third inning of relief work in the bottom of the eighth, García worked around a single and a walk for another scoreless frame.
Nationals now 21-31