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Sport Nationals’ lefty Patrick Corbin on slider vs Mets; Kevin Pillar on Corbin now + more...

08:20  22 june  2021
08:20  22 june  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Mets - Top 1st. Corbin pitching for WSH. MPH. 1Foul Ball. Slider . Pillar struck out swinging. Los Angeles Dodgers (44-27, second in the NL West) vs . San Diego Padres (42-32, third in the NL West).

Corbin 's heavy dose of sliders the cure for Nats. Lefty plays stopper with 11 K's in brilliant start vs . Mets . WASHINGTON -- When the Nationals have needed a “stopper” this season, someone to almost single-handedly take the game into his own hands and halt a losing skid, they have routinely been able to lean on Patrick Corbin . It’s a luxury for a team that also employs Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, to be able to lean on the “No.3” starter the way most teams would count on their ace.

Between May 18th and June 9th, Patrick Corbin made five starts, over which the left-hander had a 6.51 ERA, 12 walks, 19 Ks, and a .327/.393/.449 line against in 26 IP, but he followed up on that rough stretch with his best start of the season, an 8 13-inning outing on the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he gave up eight hits, one walk, and one earned run, throwing a season-high 110 pitches in an 8-1 win.

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So was it the Pirates? Or did Corbin find something in that outing that could help him start to turn around what’s been a disappointing season so far in the southpaw’s third run in D.C.?

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Get box score updates on the New York Mets vs . Washington Nationals baseball game. Pillar (6, 2nd inning off Corbin 0 on, 0 Out); Alonso (11, 7th inning off Corbin 0 on, 0 Out).

CINCINNATI -- Patrick Corbin throws his slider more than any other pitch. He produced more strikeouts off the slider last season than any other Major League pitcher. But on Friday night, Reds batters weren’t biting. Corbin ’s 11 hits allowed tied a career high. The eight runs allowed were his most since 2013, although two of the runs on Friday were unearned. Nationals manager Dave Martinez credited the Reds for their approach against Corbin , who is not the first pitcher they’ve pounced on in the first inning this season.

“Sometimes you can make this game more difficult than it already is, and for me I’m not up there fooling guys too much,” Corbin said after seemingly finding his swing and miss slider in the outing vs the Bucs and leaning on it.

“They know I throw my slider and I throw it a lot, and why not just continue to do that.”

“It was awesome,” Yan Gomes said of Corbin’s outing against the Pirates in the nation’s capital.

“It was pretty much trying to be as simple as we could, try to simplify the game plan as much as we could and sticking with.

“He did a tremendous job getting ahead, staying ahead. [The Pirates] are in a way a very aggressive team and trying to make quality pitches early was a big factor going into it, and he was doing that, mixing and matching, from two-seamers, four-seamers, changeups, and he did a great job putting guys away as well.”

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MIAMI -- When the Marlins put left -hander Wei-Yin Chen on the mound in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez felt comfortable leaving Matt Adams at the plate because of how the lefty slugger has been hitting recently, especially against southpaws. After Chen struck out Juan Soto, Adams knocked a go-ahead three-run shot to help lift the Nationals to a 7-5 win at Marlins Park. “Our offense has been amazing this last month, or even longer,” said left -hander Patrick Corbin , who went seven innings and recorded his 1,000th career strikeout for the

How would he follow up on that outing?

Corbin took the mound on Sunday in the finale with the New York Mets in Nationals Park, and went six-plus innings, giving up just two runs (both on solo homers) in a 82-pitch, 7-K outing in a 5-2 win.

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks, 2 HRs, 82 P, 62 S, 5/5 GO/FO.

Kevin Pillar hit the first of the two home runs Corbin surrendered in the first at bat of the Mets’ second, tying it up at 1-1 after the Nationals jumped out to an early lead (on the 4th leadoff home run by Kyle Schwarber in the last 10 games).

After giving up a two-out single by Francisco Lindor in the top of the third, Corbin retired seven in a row to get through five innings on 66 pitches total, as the Nationals retook the lead, and he returned to the mound with a 3-1 advantage in the sixth and set down three more Mets to make it 10-straight outs and six strong innings on 76 pitches.

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The streak of retired batters ended with a solo shot to left by Pete Alonso in the top of the seventh, and a walk in the next at bat brought an abrupt end to Corbin’s outing.

Kyle Finnegan, Tanner Rainey, and Brad Hand followed with a scoreless inning each and the Nationals took 3 of 4 from the NL East-leading Mets.

Corbin got 11 swinging strikes and 10 called strikes with the slider against the Pirates, and though he didn’t get as many of either against the Mets, he and manager Davey Martinez said they thought the pitch was sharp. So did @PitchingNinja:

“I think [it was] one of my better sliders that I’ve had this season,” Corbin said, “being able to throw some good ones in the zone and throw some back foot ones.

“I think the only one that kind of just stayed out over there with two strikes was trying to bury it a bit more was the one to Alonso, but just felt really good with that.

“I thought fastball command was good and one of the strongest I’ve felt throughout the course of a game.”

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“It was sharp,” Martinez said of Corbin’s slider, “it was really good.

“When he’s got that going, and hitters have to worry about that ball coming in like that, it makes his two-seam even that much better.

“I’ve seen a lot of swings and misses on his two-seamer, that were out on the outside of the plate, and that’s because of his slider, how sharp it was. He had a great day.”

“He did exactly what he needed to do today.”

And on the opposing side? What did Mets’ hitters see? Pillar, who went 1 for 2 with the home run and a walk off Corbin, said he wasn’t the same pitcher he’d seen in previous seasons, but Corbin was still effective.

“He’s pretty good,” Pillar told reporters. “He’s obviously not the same guy he used to be, but he still has good pitchability, he was able to sink the ball, he still has a great slider, guys like him that don’t necessarily have their great stuff anymore that still know how to pitch can still be difficult at bats. A guy like him, he’s not going to overwhelm you with stuff right now, but you got to stay super-disciplined with your approach.”

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