Looking to build upon what was arguably his best start of the season last time out before tonight, Patrick Corbin took the mound in the series finale in Miami and gave up a total of six runs on an RBI single and three- and two-run home runs in a three-inning outing in the Washington Nationals’ 7-5 loss in loanDepot park.
Corbin vs MIA: Patrick Corbin snapped a six-start winless streak last time out of the mound before tonight, throwing 6 1⁄3 innings in which he gave up three hits and one earned run on a solo home run.
Corbin struck out seven of the 22 batters he faced in that outing, and avoided walking any batters for the first time since a June 26th start.
“He attacked the strike zone, something we talked about, he used — a lot of fastball usage. Threw the ball well,” manager Davey Martinez said after that game.
“His stuff was good, his stuff was electric, he got into trouble when he got the ball up a little bit, but not horribly bad, and he gave up a home run, but I thought that was good enough,” Martinez added, in discussing his decision to bullpen when he did in the seventh.
That outing left Corbin (7-12) in 24 starts this season with a 5.82 ERA, 41 walks, 107 Ks, and a .276/.330/.496 line against in 133 IP.
Going up against the Marlins for the third time this season, after giving up nine hits and five runs in 13 IP (3.46 ERA) in the first two outings, Corbin gave up leadoff and two-out walks in the first, then had the first free pass come around on an RBI line drive single to right field by Brian Anderson, 1-0. Jorge Alfaro stepped in next and hit a 1-1 slider out to right-center for a three-run home run and a 4-0 lead.
Bryan De La Cruz singled to start the Marlins’ second, and scored one out later on a two-run home run to left by Miguel Rojas, who crushed a 2-2 slider inside, and powered it out for his 7th HR of 2021, and a 6-0 Marlins’ lead.
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Corbin tossed a scoreless, 15-pitch third, but his spot in the order came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the Nationals’ half of the fourth, so manager Davey Martinez hit for his pitcher...
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 58 P, 36 S, 5/0 GO/FO.
Hernández vs D.C.: In his second start back following a long stint on the 60-Day IL with a strained right quad, Elieser Hernández allowed five hits, two walks, and five runs, four earned, throwing 68 pitches in 4 2⁄3 IP before Fish skipper Don Mattingly pulled the plug on his outing.
That start left the Marlins’ 26-year-old right-hander with a 4.15 ERA, three walks, 19 Ks, and a .215/.268/.492 line against in four starts and 17 1⁄3 IP on the season.
Hernández tossed three scoreless on 49 pitches tonight, as the Marlins jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and he worked around back-to-back-to-back, one-out hits by Yadiel Hernández, Carter Kieboom, and Luis García that loaded the bases in a 21-pitch fourth that left him at 70 total on the night.
Alcides Escobar reached base on a fly to left-center with one out in the fifth, when Marlins’ outfielders Lewis Brinson and Bryan De La Cruz collided while both racing and calling for the ball in the gap. Juan Soto stepped in next and hit a 90 MPH 1-0 fastball out to right-center field to get the Nationals on the board, down 6-2. Soto’s 21st of 2021. A 433-foot blast.
Elieser Hernández’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 83 P, 57 S, 7/3 GO/FO.
Hardest Hit Homer?: It isn’t the hardest-hit ball of his career, that would be a 116.6 MPH double Juan Soto hit to center in Nationals Park earlier this month (which is MLB’s 9th-highest exit velocity this season), but the 22-year-old slugger did connect for his hardest-hit home run in tonight’s game, a 114.1 MPH laser to right-center field (for his 21st of 2021)...
Bullpen Action: Mason Thompson took over for the Nationals in the fourth and retired the side in order in a quick, eight-pitch frame.
Back on the mound in the bottom of the fifth, Thompson gave up a one-out infield single by Magneuris Sierra (which was later ruled an error by Luis García at second), and a two-out RBI hit by Brian Anderson as the Marlins’ added to their lead, 7-2.
Austin Pruitt gave up back-to-back hits to start the top of the sixth inning. Carter Kieboom lining a double to to center field and Luis García singled up the middle, and then Kieboom scored on a double play grounder off Tres Barrera’s bat in the next at bat, 7-3.
Patrick Murphy made his debut with the Nationals, after being called up earlier this week, in the bottom of the sixth, giving up a leadoff single by Bryan De La Cruz, and one-out walk to Miguel Rojas, but he stranded both runners at the end of an 18-pitch frame.
Steven Okert got the top of the seventh for the Fish, and worked around a two-out single by Josh Bell for a scoreless frame.
Sam Clay worked around a walk and struck out two Marlins in a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Anthony Bender worked around a two-out walk to Tres Barrera in a scoreless top of the eighth.
Ryne Harper retired the Marlins in order in a 12-pitch bottom of the eighth.
Anthony Bass gave up a one-out single by Alcides Escobar in the top of the ninth, and a walk to Juan Soto ended his night. Richard Bleier took over and gave up an RBI single by Josh Bell, 7-4. Yadiel Hernández stepped in next and grounded into a force at second, but a runs scored, 7-5. A hit-by-pitch on Carter Kieboom put the tying run on base. Dylan Floro was the third pitcher of the inning, and he faced Riley Adams with two on and two out and got a fly to right to end it.
Final Score: 7-5 Marlins
Nationals now 54-72