Patrick Corbin one out short of complete game for Diamondbacks
By Trisha Garcia
The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to leave Houston with a tied series against the Houston Astros after winning the fourth game in a 4-0 shutout.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin looked like a different man on the mound today, pitching 8.2 shutout innings against the Astros.
Corbin only had two similar outings all season.
He hadn’t pitched in a shutout game since April 30 against the Colorado Rockies. He also hadn’t gone eight innings since July 20 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Manager Torey Lovullo replaced Corbin with Archie Bradley with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Corbin gave up a double.
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The 28-year-old threw 105 pitches and earned seven strikeouts. Corbin has eight previous starts in 2017 with more than seven strikeouts.
Archie Bradley struckout Marwin Gonzalez to strand Yuli Gurriel. The strikeout ended the game and earned Bradley the save.
Even the Diamondbacks offense appeared to finally be getting back to it’s first-half production.
The offense totaled four runs on 10 hits and three walks.
Ketel Marte could have singlehandedly brought the Diamondbacks offense back to life. The young shortstop went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Astros, including his first career triple.
But, Daniel Descalso also hit an inside-the-park homerun to right-center field. The Diamondbacks have hit three this year.
Jake Lamb also hit his 26th homer of the season, a first pitch, solo-shot to center field off Astros starter Mike Fiers. Lamb is batting .400 in the last five games, including four doubles and one homerun.
This could be the momentum the Diamondbacks need as they head to Minnesota to take on the Twins in a three-game series before a slew of division matchups.
Zack Godley will get the start on Friday against Ervin Santana. While the team originally announced Anthony Banda would start on Sunday, despite a rough start earlier this week, he was optioned to Reno before Thursday’s game. The status of his start is unclear.
It was also announced earlier this week that Robbie Ray will pitch in a minor league game for the Visalia Rawhide and could be rejoining the team soon.