“They had some really good swings on me today,” Patrick Corbin told reporters on a Zoom call from Miami after he gave up 14 hits (two home runs) and seven runs over six innings in what ended up a 7-3 loss to the Marlins.
“I think that’s probably the most hits I’ve given up in a game, so just a little frustrating,” the 31-year-old left-hander said.
It was. Corbin had given up 11 runs in a start twice before in his big league career, but the 14 total the Marlins connected on Saturday night set a new career-high.
Corbin fell behind early when Miguel Rojas hit the starter’s second pitch of the game, a 1-0 sinker low over the middle of the plate, out to left field for a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, 1-0.
Garrett Cooper took Corbin deep to right-center on a 2-0 sinker in the third, hitting a two-run blast with two down, an out after Rojas doubled to left field, 3-0.
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It was 3-2 in the Marlins’ favor after three and a half, but a double, balk, and swinging bunt in the bottom of the fourth made it a two-run advantage, 4-2, and a two-out RBI single put Miami up by three, 5-2.
Three singles in the fifth, the Marlins’ 9th, 10th, and 11th hits off Corbin, brought in another run, 6-2, and they added another with three hits (12, 13, 14) in the sixth, 7-2.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 7 Ks, 2 HRs, 93 P, 68 S, 3/6 GO/FO.
“For me, uncharacteristic,” manager Davey Martinez said, summing up Corbin’s outing in one word.
“He threw a lot of balls over the middle of the plate. That’s what I saw. His location was not what it typically is, and then when you do that, you’re going to get hit.”
“I actually spent maybe five minutes just now looking at where some of those pitches were,” Martinez continued. “And he just missed his spots. Tried to go in, ball would leak back over the plate. Try to go away, ball was more middle-away than away.
“So, when you do that, you give up a lot of hits that he typically doesn’t do.”
“I just — one of those days. Wasn’t very good,” Corbin explained. “They came out swinging, they didn’t miss any of my mistakes, they seemed to hit it, but they did a good job hunting the fastball today. And it seems like when I was in the zone with it they got some hits on it.”
“Other than that, not really sure. Kind of a strange game to pitch in the sixth, give up that many hits, and I don’t know, I’ll have to go back and look at some video tomorrow or later tonight.”
Overall, Corbin said, “I felt pretty good. I don’t know. Like I said it was just strange.
“They came out swinging, it seemed like every inning they had a couple guys on there.”
It didn’t just seem like it. Corbin did have runners on in every inning he was on the mound.
Was he, as his manager said, just over the middle of the plate too much, and throwing too many strikes?
“I’m not sure of exactly one thing that I could’ve done differently,” he said, “but just trying to forget about this one and get ready for my last start.”
Corbin’s ideal finish to a frustrating 2020 campaign?
“Obviously I’m going to try to continue to improve and try to work on things. I think this year — just trying to end on a good note, finish healthy, is kind of what I’m thinking.”
“I want him to go out there and just pitch the way he’s been pitching before today,” Martinez said when asked what he was looking for in Corbin’s final outing.
“Attack the strike zone, but finish pitches, and stay out of the middle of the plate. That was the big thing today, so it’s just one of those days for him.
“I know he’s frustrated too, because I think he had mentioned to me, ‘I just threw too many hittable pitches.’ So that’s not who he is. In five days he’ll do it again, I’m sure he’ll give us the length we need and he’ll go out there and pitch better. But he’s a gamer. He came out in the fifth inning and he looked at me and he said, ‘‘I’m going back out.’ And I just looked at him and I said, ‘Go for it, you’re one of the best we’ve got. So go finish strong,’ and he went out there and did that.”
He did, however, give up three hits and a run in that final inning of work.