Arizona Diamondbacks Fillet the Miami Marlins 9-5 in the Finale of Four-Game Series
Patrick Corbin pitched 5.2 innings and racked up eight hits and three runs during his MLB debut this afternoon.
Fresh-faced rookie pitcher Patrick Corbin made his major league debut this afternoon for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the finale of their four-game series with the Miami Marlins. And the 23-year-old, who was called up from Double-A Mobile last week, was alittle
shaky at first.
During the opening inning, Corbin beaned Miami's Austin Kearns with a fastball and proceeded to load the bases just before to Omar Infante (a.k.a. the Marlins' best slugger) stepped up to swing.
Welcome to the big leagues, Patrick.
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Thankfully, the day ended well for Corbin as Arizona provided plenty of run support during the game (including homers from Cody Ransom and Justin Upton) and defeated Miami 9-5 to give the rookie hurler his first win. Thus, the D-Backs can now flee the ugly-ass Marlins Park having won three of their four games against the fish.
To his credit, Corbin worked his way out of the bases loaded jam by forcing Infante into a grounder that quickly became an inning-ending twin killing when he tossed the ball to catcher Henry Blanco, who in turn found Paul Goldschmidt for the 1-2-3 double play.
Afterwards, Corbin settled into a groove and began hitting strikes and earned three K's amid 94 pitches. He ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, however, allowing a single from John Buck followed by a 366-foot homer by Donnie Murphy. (Overall, Corbin earned eight hits and three runs in his first game.)
The good news, however, is that Arizona was already leading 7-0 by that point. After Random's 401-foot two-run jack in the second inning, the D-Backs ratcheted up the score thanks in part to a couple errors by Miami during a busy five-run fourth inning.
A fielding gaffe by Infante turned a sacrifice fly by Corbin into a base hit and allowed Gerardo Parra to advance to third on a separate throwing error. Willie Bloomquist's double then brought in two runs, followed by a sac-fly by Ryan Roberts to notch another run. Upton then capped things off with a 404-foot dinger.
Needless to say, Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle wasn't pleased, as he earned his fourth loss of the season.
The D-Backs (12-11) will head up the eastern seaboard to the nation's capital to start a three-game series with the resurgent Washington Nationals (14-8), who are currently tied with the Atlanta Braves atop the National League East.
Arizona's Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.70 ERA) goes for his second win of the season against D.C.'s Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 1.33). First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more info, visit www.dbacks.com.
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