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August 21, 2013

What You Need to Know

Corbin Keeps Rolling

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
As one of the league’s least-friendly venues for pitchers, Great American Ball Park is not an easy place to log a complete game. As of Tuesday morning, it had played host to only 41 nine-plus-inning outings in the 11-plus seasons of its existence. It’s even more difficult to work nine or more frames in Cincinnati’s home yard without walking a batter; until Tuesday, that had happened on only 17 occasions. And only two of those 17 lines featured double-digit strikeouts.

Last night, Patrick Corbin upped those numbers to 42, 18, and three, adding another masterpiece to his breakout season.

The 24-year-old Corbin held the Reds scoreless for three innings, until Martin Prado gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead with a solo home run. Then he posted four more goose eggs on the Great American Ball Park scoreboard before Paul Goldschmidt supplied him with four insurance runs on an eighth-inning grand slam. Chris Heisey brought home two runs for the Reds with a big fly in the next half-inning, but by then it was too little, too late.

As usual, the slider was Corbin’s knockout pitch. More than 70 percent of the breaking balls he threw went for strikes, and half of those strikes were whiffs. But Corbin finished the evening with negative linear weight values (or positive ones, from a pitcher’s standpoint) on all four of his offerings, quite a feat in the cozy confines in Cincinnati.

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