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Patrick Corbin builds on bounce-back outing with strong start vs Marlins in Nationals’ 7-5 win

After a rough, three-start stretch in which he had an 11.37 ERA in 12 2⁄3 IP, Patrick Corbin’s given up two earned runs over 14 IP in his last two outings (1.29 ERA).

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Patrick Corbin snapped a rough, three-start losing streak, over which he had an 11.37 ERA and a .379/.433/.638 line against in 12 23 innings pitched, with a strong start against the Philadelphia Phillies last Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

Corbin held the Phillies to a run on four hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out eight batters in a 101-pitch outing in a 6-2 win which left him with a 3.90 ERA, a 3.91 FIP, 32 walks (3.12 BB/9), and 102 Ks (9.94 K/9) in 15 starts and 92 13 IP on the season.

“He used his fastball quite a bit today, which is kind of nice,” Corbin’s manager, Davey Martinez, told reporters after that win.

“But he had a good fastball, location was, to me, the key. Threw the ball down, threw the ball up when he wanted to, but his location was really good.”

“The last three have been pretty frustrating, so you’ve just got to continue to work,” Corbin told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“There are ups and downs throughout the course of the year, so I felt good with what we were doing, just wanted to continue doing it, and it was great to see some results out there.”

Going up against the Marlins last night in Miami, after throwing a complete game shutout vs the Fish back on May 25th, in the start before his rough stretch began, Corbin gave up a run on three hits through five, striking out six of 19 batters faced, and he got a three-run lead to work with in the top of the sixth inning and came back out to the mound with a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 frame which left him at 85 pitches overall on the night.

Corbin picked up two more Ks, for nine total, in a 15-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh which ended his outing in what ended up a 7-5 win.

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 100 P, 70 S, 7/3 GO/FO.

In his last two outings, Corbin has now given up two earned runs over 14 IP (1.29 ERA).

“I felt good,” Corbin said after the win. “I was able to locate my fastball, threw some strikes inside, which I think opened up a bunch, good slider throughout the course of the game, and I think we had our best changeup so far this year, got to throw it and had success with it, so just continue to build off that.”

Corbin threw six changeups total, three of them for swinging strikes, two of them fouled off, and he generated 11 swinging strikes and got five called strikes with the 33 sliders he threw.

Did he want to work on mixing the changeup in going into the start or just like how it felt as he started throwing it?

“I’m always trying to figure a way to get that pitch in games,” the 29-year-old southpaw said.

“And there’s some hitters you can throw it to and kind of go from there and see how it’s feeling and throw it more if it feels good, and if not there’s some other weapons to use.

“But I thought Yan [Gomes] just did a great job of mixing it in today, and got some outs with it and had some success with it, so that was good to see.”

“He pitched really well,” Martinez said. “He gave up that one run, but he was really good all game.”

The way Corbin has straightened things out after the rough stretch has really impressed his manager.

“Just a professional, and constantly working,” Martinez said. “Watching video, working on his mechanics, and like I said, after — not this start, the previous start — he really honed in on what he really needed to do, and he’s had two really good starts again and he’s right back on track.”

Along the way last night, Corbin also picked up his 1,000th career strikeout, coincidentally, (not ironically), in the same park in which he recorded his first major league K back on April 30, 2012.

“I guess just being in the big leagues for a long time it will add up,” he said of the milestone he reached.

“But my first one was here, so that’s kind of cool, where I got my first strikeout in my career here, so something I will remember and hopefully there’s many more to come.”