Patrick Corbin had an odd outing last time out before facing the Minnesota Twins, giving up three hits and two runs, one earned, while walking six batters and striking out nine in a five-inning, 107-pitch loss to the Atlanta Braves.
“I felt good,” Corbin said after the game, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr.
“I mean obviously they are a great team over there, a deep lineup, they had some great at-bats and got my pitch count up. I was able to get out of some jams.”
“The pitch count was high, but he battled,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said. “He battled, kept us in the game.”
Corbin battled early in last night’s series finale with the Twins as well, giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the first, after the Nationals jumped out to an early lead, 1-1, but he worked his way out of a second and third, one-out jam in the bottom of the second, getting an out at home on a grounder to short and out No. 3 on a grounder to third base.
It was 3-1 Nationals in the third when Nelson Cruz got all of a 3-2 fastball from Corbin and hit it 454 feet to center for a no-doubter of a solo shot that made it a one-run lead. No. 36 for Cruz.
Corbin’s teammates scored three in the top of the fifth, however, giving the lefty a four-run lead to work with, but he gave one back in the bottom of the inning. Mitch Garver doubled to start the frame and scored one out later on an RBI single by Cruz, 6-3.
Corbin was up to 92 pitches after five, and he came back out for the sixth with a 10-3 lead and retired the Twins in order in an eight-pitch frame that left him at 100 total.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 1 HR, 100 P, 65 S, 12/3 GO/FO.
It was a fastball-heavy outing for Corbin, who threw 39 total, getting 10 called strikes with his two-seamer, while his slider wasn’t particularly sharp this time out.
“Once again, he battled, and got through six innings for us and did a great job,” Martinez said after the 12-6 win.
Corbin was asked where the Nationals’ confidence-level was right now, coming off a series win in Minnesota after they lost to of three to New York in D.C. and three of four on the road in Atlanta.
“We’re still confident,” the southpaw said. “Playing some good ballclubs, you’re going to lose some of these games, and to win a series against these guys is big, and we know we’ve got a big series coming up at home, so our schedule’s not that easy coming down here in the stretch, so we know where we are in the standings and we just got to continue to come every day and to try to win.”