Patrick Corbin tossed two scoreless against the Chicago Cubs to start the second game of four in Wrigley Field last night, but he gave up two runs in the third.
David Bote, on a weak ground ball that bounced from foul territory off of third back into fair territory as Starlin Castro went to grab it, and Nico Hoerner, on a grounder into the hole at short, got on with back-to-back singles in the first two at bats of the Cubs’ third, a sac bunt by starter Zach Davies moved both into scoring position, and Willson Contreras singled to right field to bring both in, 2-0 Cubbies.
It was a 2-2 tie when Corbin came back out for the bottom of the fifth inning. Nico Hoerner lined a leadoff single into the left-center field gap, and Davies bunted him over/gave up an out.
Contreras singled to center to send Hoerner over to third, and an infield hit by Kris Bryant put the Cubs back on top, 3-2.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 87 P, 54 S, 8/0 GO/FO.
Corbin’s teammates rallied to tie it, with Starlin Castro homering in the sixth to make it 3-3, but Will Harris came on in the bottom of the inning, walked the first batter he faced, Matt Duffy, and after a backwards Ks on Ian Happ, gave up a two-run shot on an 0-1 cutter up and away that went out to center field off David Bote’s bat, 5-3, in what ended up a 6-3 Cubs’ win.
“It’s hard to decode what’s what,” Harris said after the rough outing in the Nationals’ second loss in a row in Chicago.
“I know tonight my stuff was probably the worst it’s ever been in my career.
“And you know, to have the outcome that I had, wasn’t a surprise I guess for the way that I was pitching. Could have had good fortune, [Bote] could have popped it up, that’s the game that we play, right. You can go out there with C stuff and still get the job done, which I expected to do, but that wasn’t the case.”
“I talked to [catcher] Yan [Gomes],” Davey Martinez said after the loss, when asked about the pitch to Bote that went out.
“It wasn’t a horrible pitch ... the four-pitch walk to Duffy to start the inning off, that was concerning, but after the home run he settled down and threw the ball well.”
Why did say his stuff was the worst it’s been in his career?
“Think just the velocity, stuff, locations, breaking ball, the way it was moving. I had some good outcomes,” Harris said.
“But mainly for a lack of them swinging I think, than anything else. But it happens. You have good days and bad days ... if you have enough appearances, but today it just was a whole lot of bad, and I’ll look at video and stuff tomorrow and try to figure out how to get it right and how to perform better the next time I’m out there.”
Corbin said he was happy enough with his outing, even though some bounces didn’t go his way on a rainy night in Wrigley Field.
“I felt pretty good,” the southpaw said. “Fastball command felt good. Pitching down in the zone to some of these guys, yeah, just the two runs that they did score there early got some ground balls on some pitches I wanted and I mean — it’s a tough playing surface out there, it was really wet and slick. So, today is probably not the best day to get a lot of ground balls, but they turned a couple good double plays for me, they just found some holes that weren’t hit directly to people and just one of those games where some of those ground balls found holes.”