Up-and-coming Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin made his first appearance as a Major League Baseball All-Star on Tuesday night. Corbin entered a scoreless game in the fourth inning. When he exited, however, the score was no longer tied. He surrendered a double to reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Baltimore Orioles’ slugger Chris Davis proceeded to line a single to right field, moving Cabrera over to third. The American League finally got on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jose Bautista, right fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. Corbin, just 23 years-old did not allow himself to get flustered by pitching under the brightest of lights, in the Big Apple nonetheless, and got David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox to ground into a double play, and end the inning.
Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws against the American League during the fourth inning of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
The left-handed hurler allowed one earned run on two hits, without walking or striking out anyone. Unfortunately, the National League was unable to bail out Corbin, who suffered the hard-luck loss in the 3-0 decision.
The first time All-Star certainly deserved his spot in the Midsummer Classic. He boasts a record of 11-1 with a 2.35 ERA. While the loss was credited to him on Tuesday night, the D-Backs certainly hope there will not be many more of those come the second half of the season.