Patrick Corbin probably has aspirations. While different than the ones you and I have, they still exist. Maybe they're short term like have an ERA under 4 by the end of the season or long term like returning to the All-Star game but he still has them. Like you and me, his goals are shattered by both outside and inside forces. Today's start by Patrick was his first after the All-Star Break but did nothing to build his confidence. It was just another low point in a series of low points this year.
Things didn't start well and before you knew it the D-backs were trailing 2-0. Darwin Barney singled and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Josh Donaldson followed and drove an outside fastball over the fence for an early Blue Jays lead. Corbin responded well, getting two strikeouts and a flyout to end the inning.
Junior Lake did his best to squander the lead, throwing the ball away on a Michael Bourn single to score Jean Segura, who singled himself to lead off. But that was all for the D-backs, as Goldschmidt, Lamb and Drury failed to drive in the run with Bourn in scoring position.
Corbin was shaky again in the 2nd, with Lake doubling to lead things off but was out trying to stretch it into a triple. Devon Travis doubled and Marcus Stroman reached first after a Segura error. Darwin Barney followed with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-1 before Corbin finished the inning.
Things were ugly for the offense against Marcus Stroman, the outstanding young pitcher for the Blue Jays. The D-backs had only 5 hits against Stroman from the second inning onward, all singles. He finished the day allowing 1 run on hits through 8 innings.
While the offense was being stymied, the Blue Jays extended their lead with the normal culprits Troy Tulowitzki, Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion all driving in runs for the Blue Jays. They scored two runs in the 5th, one in the 6th and four in the 8th on another Daniel Hudson implosion to all but put the game away at 10-1. Here's an excellent tweet which all but explains the issue with Huddy.
Less than one month ago, Daniel Hudson had a 1.55 ERA. Since then, he has thrown 6.2 innings and allowed 21 runs (16 earned).— AZ SnakePit (@AZSnakepit) July 20, 2016
The D-backs offense finally responded in the 9th. With 1 out, Brandon Drury doubled, Tomas slapped a single to left-center and Tuffy Gosewisch drove a ball deep to left for his first home run of the year and cut the lead to our final score of 10-4.
Summer Vacation - Michael Bourn (+13.2%)
Work on Monday - Patrick Corbin (-28.5%)
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It was very quiet in the gamethread. Too quiet. Oh well.
No game tomorrow, enjoy the day off.