Apr 6, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st inning at Miller Park. Image Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Well the Colorado Rockies offense was rolling against the San Francisco Giants, but none of the pitchers they faced during the weekend had the stuff of Patrick Corbin and he helped Arizona defeat Colorado 5-1.
Corbin was extraordinary once again, and showed once again why he is the best left-handed starter in all of baseball. Corbin threw a complete game, gave up three hits, one run, walked one, and struck out ten.
The offense for Arizona continues to improve, and Didi Gregorius was once again the main reason they were able to score runs in this game. They scored their first run in the second inning from Miguel Montero grounding into a force out.
The third inning they scored two more runs from singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez. Gregorius continued his strong start on offense by hitting a double in the fourth inning that scored a run and a single in the sixth that brought one more run home.
Rockies starter Jon Garland did not have a good start in this game, and he allowed base runners in every inning that he pitched. Garland went six innings, gave up eleven hits, five runs, and walked one batter.
Colorado did have some momentum from their previous series with the offense clicking on all cylinders, but they were shut down in this game. Their lone run in the game came from a double by Jordan Pacheco in the eight inning.
Corbin has accomplished plenty in his starts this season, but this performance put him in an elite class of pitchers. He became just the third visiting pitcher to record a complete-game win with at least ten strikeouts at Coors Field. The only other pitchers that can lay claim to accomplishing this are Kevin Brown and Pedro Martinez.
Another reason why Corbin has been successful this season is because of his breaking pitch. He has 39 strikeouts this season with that pitch and this is the third-most of any pitcher in the NL. He only trails the Pittsburgh Pirates A.J. Burnett with 44 strikeouts and Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw who has 42 strikeouts in this category.
He also has the highest miss rate in the majors at 58 percent. The Diamondbacks are 9-0 in Corbin’s starts this season. Corbin extended his streak to nine starts where he has pitched at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs.
The statistics that I provided about Corbin’s success with his breaking pitch were from ESPN Stats and Info.