Patrick Corbin retired 21 of 23 Baltimore Orioles after the first three O’s he faced reached base, but two of the three scored, and the Washington Nationals’ hitters couldn’t get any runs off the opposing starter, Aaron Brooks, who tossed six scoreless on 98 pitches, and handed a 2-0 lead to the bullpen.
Richard Bleier and Miguel Castro combined for a scoreless seventh. Hunter Harvey worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, and Mychal Givens wrapped it up with a 1-2-3 ninth. 2-0 O’s.
Corbin vs Baltimore: Patrick Corbin took the mound tonight unbeaten in his last 12 starts, (5-0), with the Nationals 9-3 in his outings, over which the 30-year-old lefty had posted an impressive 2.12 ERA, 22 walks, 90 Ks, and a .217/.273/.337 line against in 76 1⁄3 IP.
In his previous three outings, the southpaw had put up a 1.35 ERA, seven walks, 20 Ks, and a .186/.260/.343 line against in 20 IP.
Corbin fell behind early in the first of two with the O’s in D.C., giving up a leadoff single by Hanser Alberto before a pitch in the dirt that didn’t hit Trey Mancini’s foot was called a hit-by-pitch, and Anthony Santander doubled to left to drive in a run, 1-0 Orioles, before a sac fly to center by Jonathan Villar made it a 2-0 game.
Corbin retired 15-straight after the first three batters reached base, completing five innings on 73 pitches, but the streak ended with a leadoff single by Alberto in the top of the sixth.
Corbin retired the next three, however, striking out two for seven Ks from 22 batters faced.
Corbin was up to 21 of the previous 23 set down after he worked around one-out single in a scoreless top of the seventh, with the 18-pitch frame leaving him at 104 total on the night.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 Ks, 104 P, 69 S, 7/3 GO/FO.
Brooks vs D.C.: Aaron Brooks faced the Nationals back on July 17th in Baltimore, in what was just his second start for the Orioles after he’d worked out of the bullpen with Oakland’s A’s before he was traded to the O’s.
Brooks gave up a run on two hits in 2 2⁄3 innings pitched in that outing, and in his last six starts before tonight, the righty had a 9.33 ERA, seven walks, 20 strikeouts, and an ugly .366/.405/.707 line against in 27 IP.
The O’s right-hander took the mound with a 2-0 lead tonight, and tossed five scoreless on 85 pitches to start, holding the Nationals to two hits and a walk while striking out six.
Brooks came back out for the sixth inning and was up to 13 of 15 set down after a 13-pitch, 1-2-3 frame that ended his outing.
Aaron Brooks’ Line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 98 P, 60 S, 6/2 GO/FO.
Turn-On: With a single the third time up against Cubs’ left-hander Cole Hamels on Sunday, Trea Turner extended his on-base streak to 32-straight games, and a 2 for 5 (2B, BB) day on the road in Wrigley Field left him 47 for 137 (.343/.410/.540) with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 16 walks in 156 plate appearances over that stretch, which left him with a .300/.362/.491 line overall on the season.
Turner singled the first time up tonight, sparing us any drama, though he was stranded at second three outs later, as O’s starter Aaron Brooks picked up three straight Ks.
BULLPEN ACTION: Richard Bleier took over on the mound for the O’s in the bottom of the seventh, with a 2-0 lead, and retired two batters before an infield single by Victor Robles ended his outing.
Miguel Castro took over with Robles on first, and two down, and retired Yan Gomes to keep it a 2-0 game in the Orioles’ favor.
Wander Suero gave up a leadoff single by pinch hitter DJ Stewart, but erased the runner on a double play grounder, and a swinging K from Trey Mancini ended a quick, 13-pitch frame.
Righty Hunter Harvey got the eighth for the O’s, and retired Gerardo Parra, but Trea Turner tripled into the left field corner with one down, but Adam Eaton K’d swinging over a filthy 1-2 changeup for out No. 2, after an eight-pitch battle. Anthony Rendon stepped in next, and walked to put two on for Juan Soto, who walked to load the bases for Asdrúbal Cabrera.
Cabrera, who was 0 for 3 with a K on the night, went down swinging at a 99 MPH 1-2 fastball to end the threat.
Fernando Rodney retired the O’s in order in the top of the ninth.
Mychal Givens came on for the save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth inning and retired the Nationals in order to end it.
Nationals now 73-58