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Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 11: Corbin walks the world

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Another awful performance from the pitchers makes you wonder what the hell is going on.

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Remember that feeling a couple days ago when the Diamondbacks were coming off a series sweep of the Giants and you thought things were starting to turn around for this club? Yeah me neither. Our aces at the top of the rotation have thrown 5 starts, and while most others are rounding into form, ours are doing the opposite.

Patrick Corbin entered today probably the best of the bunch. Sure, he wasn't striking out anybody (5.96 K/9 IP) but he was limiting walks and let his solid defense behind him do the dirty work. Well, when you deviate from your early season success with poor control, you get bad outings just like this one.

Patrick Corbin struggled with command right from the get-go. Matt Carpenter walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Stephen Piscotty singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Matt Holliday grounded up the middle and Segura made a fabulous play to field and throw onto Ahmed at second base in one motion for the out. Or so we thought. After a video review, it was determined Ahmed never had control of the ball and Piscotty was safe at 2nd, making everyone safe and a run scored. Corbin settled down after that, getting a flyout and two ground balls to escape the inning.

The D-backs offense responded after a shutdown 2nd inning. After the first two batters led things off with outs, Welington Castillo stayed hot and drilled a single to left. Brandon Drury followed and hammered a home run into deep left field for a 2-1 lead.

Corbin stayed solid in the 3rd, allowing a 1-out single but worked around it to keep the lead. So did Adam Wainwright, allowing a single to Segura before inducing a double play to end the inning.

While Corbin again had a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th, he walked Molina to lead things off but induced two ground balls to get a fielder's choice and double play to end things. Things were starting to fray but kudos to Pat for working hard out of the stretch to only allow the single.

Paul Goldschmidt led things off in 4th with his 6th home run of the season, a missile to center field that cleared the wall with ease and give the D-backs a 3-1 lead, their last of the night. The rest of the D-backs were in awe as they went down in order by strikeout.

The 5th was where the wheels started to come off the bus. Corbin allowed a leadoff homer to Aledmys Diaz to reduce the lead to 3-2. Two walks followed, but Corbin again worked out of trouble, getting a grounder and strike out to keep the lead.

Chip Hale needed to recognize Corbin was struggling and take him out of the ballgame. I get letting him work through things out on the mound but they were lucky to even have a lead with him working around trouble the last couple of innings. He got the first out easy enough, but what followed was a disaster: single, single, walk, triple (to the pitcher), ground out and single. By the time Hale pulled Corbin, he had surrendered 7 runs on 7 hits while walking 5. Enrique Burgos replaced him and after a stolen base, gave up a ground rule double for the fifth run of the inning. He would strike out a batter to end the inning but the damage was done and the Cardinals led 7-3.

The D-backs had a last ditch effort to make a run, with David Peralta driving in a run to make it 7-4 after a single and walk, but that was the last time they'd threaten to score in this one, with just two runners reaching 2nd the rest of the way.

The Cardinals didn't care, as they teed off on the bullpen for 4 more runs, with 3 in the 7th and another in the 9th to give us our 11-4 final score.

Here's the GameGraph.


Source: FanGraphs

Prince - Brandon Drury (17.9%)

R. Kelly - Patrick Corbin (-44.2%)

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Congrats to those that stuck around, you got to see (or hear) Chris Hermann warm up in the bullpen. What a time to be a D-backs fan. No comments stuck out to me as good so no comment of the thread. Come back tomorrow for the finale of this 4-game series. There's a chance to get back to .500 with a victory and salvage a series tie with a very solid club in the St. Louis Cardinals. And if I hear any of you watching the NFL Draft, you will be publicly shamed.