Patrick Corbin was majestic tonight, carving up the Rockies with a devastating mix of first-pitch strikes and sliders which the hitters facing him seemed completely unable to pick up. After a shaky start, walking the first batter he faced, he settled down to absolute dominance, and came into the eighth inning having allowed one hit. He lost the shutout there, on a pair of doubles, but retired Colorado 1-2-3 in the ninth, to finish with ten strikeouts, three hits and just that solitary walk. The win improved his record to 7-0, and the solitary run allowed lowered Corbin's ERA for the season to 1.44. His WHIP is now also below one.
The offense enjoyed themselves, though you'd normally expect 16 hits to lead to more than five runs - however, 14 of those were singles. There were particularly good nights for Eric Chavez, A.J. Pollock and Didi Gregorius, who each got three hits, and Jason Kubel also reached base safely, with two hits and a walk. The win gives us a two-game lead over the Rockies, though the Giants are currently winning over the Nationals in San Francisco: if that sticks where it is, we'll be one up on them.
We face Colorado again tomorrow night, with Kennedy taking on Chacin. First pitch in that one is 5:40pm, Arizona time.