The Recap (8/17/17) – D-backs 4, Astros 0: Corbin Dazzles in Shut-Down Performance
Patrick Corbin was dazzling today as he completely shut down the best offense in baseball. It was a redeeming performance compared to his previous two outings away from Chase Field.
Corbin pitched 8 2/3 innings of pretty easy four-hit ball today, striking out seven along the way. The Astros could get a runner in scoring position only three times but Corbin was able to get out of trouble in all except the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs he gave up a double and Archie Bradley came in to record the final out.
On offense, it was a team effort. All nine starters reached base in the game, with eight getting at least a single or better. They opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd inning after back-to-back walks to Ketel Marte and Chris Herrmann to open the inning. Jeff Mathis singled to score Marte. Herrmann was stranded at third base.
Daniel Descalso then hit a stand-up inside-the-park home run in the top of the 4th inning. It was the D-backs second inside-the-park home run in the last week. David Peralta hit one this past Saturday against the Cubs.
Jake Lamb got a solo home run in the top of the 6th inning. The D-backs scored their final run in the top of the 8th on a wild pitch.
Stats that matter
- Corbin was incredible – 8.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Nine players combined for 10 H and 3 BB
- 1-for-7 with RISP
A great win as the D-backs salvage a series split against the Astros. Great to see Patrick Corbin break out of his funk on the road. Hopefully this will get him back on track both away and at Chase Field. The D-backs really need their pitching to help stabilize this season. Zack Greinke can’t do it alone.
The Diamondbacks head to Minnesota to take on the twins on Friday at 5:10 pm MT. Zack Godley will take the ball for the D-backs.