Undefeated Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin earned his fifth win of 2013 last night with a phenomenal performance on the mound at Chase Field, doing his part to help the Snakes defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
The 25-year-old southpaw made it looked effortless as he went mano-a-mano with onetime World Series MVP Cole Hamels of the Phillies for the first five frames, slinging four-seam fastballs and sliders to dispense opposing batters.
Corbin managed to scatter four hits and one earned run over 6.1 innings, striking out four and lowering his ERA to 1.75 (the fifth best in the National League) in the process. Arizona (20-15) is now tied with the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West.
Per ESPN, Corbin also earned the honor of being the only D-backs pitcher in the team's 15-year history to go six or more innings and allow less than two runs in his first seven games.
And during Thursday night's pitching duel, it wound up being Hamels who blinked first and -- interestingly enough -- it was Corbin who notched the run when his RBI ground out in the bottom of the fifth scored Martín Prado. The Phillies pitcher also gave up a similar run in the sixth when Gerardo Parra's ground out bunt with the bases loaded plated Cody Ross.
Corbin's only earned run came in the seventh when he permitted Domonic Brown to come aboard via a fielder's choice and a single by Carlos Ruiz. The pitcher was pulled, Matt Reynolds inherited the situation, and Kevin Frandsen's grounder gave Philadelphia its lone run of the game.
Heath Bell got his second straight save and fourth overall this season in the ninth as J.J. Putz is still on the DL with elbow problems. (Word broke yesterday that he won't need surgery but is till out for the foreseeable future...thank heavens.)
Arizona goes for their fifth straight win tonight in the second match-up with Philadelphia in their four-game series at Chase Field. Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19 ERA) goes against recent Triple-A call-up Tyler Cloyd (no record). First pitch: 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.