Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Patrick Corbin Is Pitching In Stealth Mode

Patrick Corbin who most casual baseball fans have never heard of is now 7-0 to start the year with a 1.44 ERA, slightly below the league leader Clayton Kershaw. The lefty is 7-0 with 2 no decisions, and the Diamondbacks are 9-0 in games he has started. In his 9 starts, he has allowed 2 runs twice, 1 run four times and 0 runs twice. With all the talk about young pitchers such as Matt Harvey and Shelby Miller, Corbin has been able to fly under the radar and continues to shut down each lineup he faces.

On Monday night he went up against a tough Rockies offense and was brilliant. Corbin threw a complete game, the first of his career, allowing just 3 hits, a walk, 1 run and struck out 10 in a 5-1 Diamondbacks victory. Every position player in the Diamondbacks offense had a hit, and the team combined for 16 hits, including 3 a piece from Didi Gregorius, Eric Chavez and A.J. Pollock. All of the damage came off losing pitcher Jon Garland who allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings of work.

Cincinnati was happy to see their ace back on the mound tonight, his first start off the DL and Johnny Cueto was able to pick up a win against the Mets in New York. Cueto allowed 3 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs over 5 innings, but struck out 8 in a 4-3 Reds victory. The Reds offense didn't waste any time getting on the board as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning. Brandon Phillips had a 2-run single and Jay Bruce doubled him home. Bruce then hit a solo blast in the 6th to give the Reds a 4-3 lead which turned out to be the game winner. Shaun Marcum who allowed the 3 runs in the 1st, really settled down nicely after that and finished with 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 runs and 7 strike outs and falls to 0-4. Marlon Byrd got the Mets back into the game with a game tying 3-run home run in the 3rd but the Mets failed to score the rest of the game. Aroldis Chapman picked up his 9th save of the year.

Dallas Keuchel received rare run support from the Astros offense as he was able to pick up his 1st win of the year as the Astros beat the Royals 6-5. Keuchel allowed 4 runs over 6 2/3 innings but was bailed out by his offense. After the Astros had a 3-1 lead after 3 innings, Miguel Tejada gave the Royals a 4-3 lead with a 3-run blast, but in the bottom half of the 4th, the Astros took the lead for good as Matt Dominguez hit a 3-run homer as well. Jeff Francoeur hit a RBI double in the 8th to cut the lead to 1 but that's as close as the Royals would get. Jeremy Guthrie allowed 6 runs over 5 innings as he picks up the loss.

Every time Clayton Kershaw takes the mound, you almost expect he's going to throw a complete game, and that's exactly what he did against the Brewers. In a Dodgers 3-1 victory, Kershaw threw a complete game, allowing 3 hits, a walk and 1 run while striking out 5. He beat Yovani Gallardo who allowed 3 runs over 6 innings. Andre Ethier had a RBI triple in the 2nd inning, then hit a go ahead solo home run in the 4th before being ejected in the 8th for arguing balls and strikes. Matt Kemp added an insurance run with a solo home run in the 6th to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Suffering his first loss of the year (6-1), Jon Lester got roughed up for 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 runs over 6 innings in a 6-4 Red Sox loss to the White Sox. Dylan Axelrod allowed 4 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings as he earned the win for the White Sox.  Adam Dunn got the White Sox on the board in the 1st with a 3-run blast, Alejandro De Aza added a run with a RBI double and Alexei Ramirez then doubled in De Aza to give the White Sox a 5-0 lead after 2 innings. Jarrod Saltalamacchia cut the lead to 5-2 with a 2-run homer but Dayan Viciedo added a RBI single for Chicago. The Red Sox cut the lead to 6-4 after Will Middlebrooks drove in 2 with his 7th inning double, but Boston failed to get any closer. Addison Reed earned his 15th save.

Bartolo Colon improves to 4-2 on the year as he allowed 2 runs over 7 innings in a 9-2 Athletics win over the Rangers. The Athletics offense had 15 hits. Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie (the 1 & 2 hitters) each had 3 hits, including a double. Crisp also scored 2 runs, drove in 1 and walked. Seth Smith had a big day at the plate going 2-4 with 2 walks, a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Josh Lindblom was bad for the Rangers allowing 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings but the Rangers bullpen was just as bad. Joe Ortiz, Cory Burns, and Michael Kirkman all allowed at least 1 run in relief and combined threw 4 1/3 innings, allowed 8 hits, 6 walks and 5 runs. Jurickson Profar had both RBIs for the Rangers on a ground out and a sac fly.

You almost have to feel bad for Cole Hamels as this guy really gets no run support. His ERA is only 4.45 but he is just 1-7 now on the year after the Phillies lose to the Marlins 5-1. Hamels allowed 2 runs in 6 innings and struck out 10 but ended up taking the loss. His counterpart Alex Sanabia picked up the win for the Marlins as he allowed just 1 run over 6 1/3 innings. Domonic Brown provided the only offense for the Phillies in the 2nd inning with a solo home run. Brown's home run tied it at 1, but Justin Ruggiano gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead in the 6th with a RBI double, then added an insurance run in the 8th with a RBI single. Nick Green put the nail in the coffin with his 2-run single two batters later. The Phillies are now just 1-9 in games Hamels has started and the Phillies offense has scored 1 run or less in half of those games.

Julio Teheran was great for the Braves in their 5-1 win over the Twins as he went 8 1/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 5 hits. The Braves got 4 runs in the first as Freddie Freeman had a RBI single, and Dan Uggla added a 3-run home run. Andrelton Simmons sac fly in the 4th made it 5-0, and it was Josh Willingham who hit a solo home run for the Twins in the 9th, who probably cost Teheran a complete game shutout. Kevin Correia suffered the loss as he allowed all 5 runs in just 4 innings of work.

A wild game in Baltimore, resulted in a 6-4 Yankees win in 10 innings over the Orioles. Robinson Cano in the 1st and David Adams in the 2nd, hit solo home runs to give the Yankees a quick 2-0 lead over Freddy Garcia. Chris Davis added a solo home run of his own in the bottom half of the 2nd inning before Nick Markakis tied it up at 2 with a RBI single in the 5th off of CC Sabathia. Lyle Overbay broke a 2-2 tie in the 7th with a solo home run, but in the bottom half of the inning, Markakis tied it up with a RBI double, and J.J. Hardy gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead with a RBI double. Jim Johnson came on to close out the 9th, but with 1 out Travis Hafner tied it up with a solo blast, the Yankees 4th solo homer of the game. The game went into extras and Travis Hafner hit a ground rule double giving the Yankees the lead and scored on Vernon Wells single. Mr. Reliable, Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th to earn his 17th save of the year.

R.A. Dickey pitched his 3rd straight game in which he only allowed 2 runs. Dickey is now 4-5 as he allowed 3 runs over 8 innings, striking out 5 against the Rays in a 7-5 Toronto win. Edwin Encarnacion had a big day at the plate going 2-4 with a double, a run scored and 3 RBI. Henry Blanco doubled, walked twice and scored 2 runs. Brett Lawrie and Munenori Kawasaki each had a RBI triple for the Blue Jays. For the Rays, Jake Odorizzi went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs and struck out 6 but it was Josh Lueke out of the bullpen who picked up the loss. Lueke allowed 3 runs in just 2/3 of an inning, walking 4 and giving up a bases clearing double to Encarnacion. Evan Longoria went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBI, and Yunel Escobar added a 2-run home run in the 9th.

Scott Kazmir got the start for the Indians and lasted just 3 innings as he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs but Cleveland was able to pick up the win in 10 innings against the Mariners 10-8. The Indians hit 3 home runs, which came off the bats of their 8 & 9 hitters. Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes went back to back in the 2nd inning, Raburn's was a 3-run blast. Gomes second home run of the game, came in walk off fashion as he blasted a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed 5 runs in 6 innings for the Mariners and did not factor in the decision. The Mariners offense had some clutch home runs in this game, as Kyle Seager hit a game tying solo home run in the 8th, Endy Chavez hit a go solo home run in the 9th, and Justin Smoak hit a go ahead solo home run in the 10th. Unfortunately for Seattle, their bullpen could not get the job done. Tom Wilhelmsen came on to close it out in the 9th but blew his 1st save of the year as he made a huge throwing error with 2 outs to allow the game tying run to score. Then in the 10th, Charlie Furbush allowed the walk off 3-run home run to Gomes.

Jason Marquis improves to 6-2 as he allowed 2 runs over 6 innings in a 4-2 Padres win over the Cardinals. Chase Headley had a RBI single in the 1st, then an error in the 2nd to allow the Cards to tie up the game. The Cardinals took the lead when Allen Craig grounded into a double play. For the 2nd straight outting, Shelby Miller has left the game with a lead, just to watch his bullpen blow it for him, this time resulting in a loss. Miller who went 5 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs, left the game up 2-1 with 2 outs and 2 runners on base in the 6th inning, but Fernando Salas allowed a game tying single to Chris Denorfia, walked John Baker to load the bases and hit Jesus Guzman with a pitch, allowing Jedd Gyorko to score, which Miller was responsible for. Will Venable put the game away with a solo home run in the 7th. Huston Street picked up his 11th save.

The Giants got a much needed bounce back start from starter Ryan Vogelsong who went 5 shutout innings in a 8-0 Giants win over the Nationals. Prior to this start Vogelsong was 1-4 in 8 starts, allowing 4 runs twice, 5 runs twice, 6 runs and 7 runs. He was very close to being removed from the San Francisco rotation. The Giants bullpen was hitless over the finals 4 innings of the game. The Giants offense had 17 hits, including 4 from Brandon Belt who also scored 4 runs and drove in another. Angel Pagan went 2-5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Andres Torres added 3 hits, a run scored and a RBI. Zach Duke only last 3 1/3 innings allowing 7 hits and 4 runs and in relief Craig Stammen and Henry Rodriguez allowed 10 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Nationals offense only had 3 singles all night.
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