MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1181
Washington4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6112
  W: M. Kelly (1-2)   L: P. Corbin (0-2)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, April 15, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 6,666

Patrick Corbin, Nationals open homestand against D-backs

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals

  1. The Diamondbacks won the last two games between these teams, in August 2019. Arizona has not had a winning streak of three or more games against Washington since one of four games spanning the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
  2. The Nationals and Cubs are the only major-league teams that have not scored more than six runs in a game this season.
  3. Diamondbacks shortstops (Josh Rojas, Nick Ahmed, Geraldo Perdomo) are a combined 4-for-46 (.087) without an extra-base hit this season. The only major-league team with a lower batting average by shortstops this season is the Brewers (.086).
  4. Juan Soto has hit .222 with two home runs and three RBIs in seven previous games against the Diamondbacks, with no more than one RBI in any of those games.
  5. Eduardo Escobar has hit four home runs this season, as many as he hit in 54 games last season, after he slugged 35 homers in 2019.
  6. This is Patrick Corbin's second start against the Diamondbacks, who he was with from 2012 to 2018. Corbin had no decision in a Nationals loss at Arizona on August 4, 2019. Merrill Kelly has lost three straight starts, dating back to last season, following a stretch during which he was 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA over seven starts, from September 3, 2019 to August 2, 2020.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/15/2021 thru 4/18/2021

Washington left-hander Patrick Corbin faces his former team when the Nationals open a seven-game homestand Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Corbin (0-1, 12.46 ERA) makes his second start of the season and second ever against the Diamondbacks, for whom he pitched from 2012-18, making the All-Star team twice.

In his first start of the season, Corbin allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-5 loss on Saturday to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Corbin was one of nine Nationals who started the season on the injured list after either testing positive for COVID-19 or coming in close contact with someone who had.

"For the situation and everything that we had to deal with, I feel all right," Corbin said Saturday after allowing most of the damage in a four-run second inning. "I'm just hoping to move on from this, get on a normal schedule here and be ready to get back out there in five days and be ready to go."

After a 14-3 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday, the Nationals closed out a 2-4 road trip with a 6-0 win at St. Louis on Wednesday. Washington manager Dave Martinez shook up his lineup, hitting usual leadoff batter Victor Robles ninth and moving Trea Turner, Juan Soto and Ryan Zimmerman up a spot to first, second and third.

"I teeter-tottered a lot about hitting Soto second," Martinez said Wednesday. "I kind of want to hit Soto second at times. I thought today with us facing (Adam) Wainwright, those two guys had some good success against him, to get them up there and try to get them as many at-bats as possible against him."

The strategy worked. Turner, Soto and Josh Harrison had two hits apiece and Zimmerman smacked a two-run homer.

Arizona heads east hoping a change will prove beneficial. The Diamondbacks have lost five of their past seven games, including a 7-5 decision to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday that completed a 2-3 homestand. Arizona jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the A's rallied, getting to four Diamondbacks relievers for six runs.

"Just a couple of tough innings late in the game wound up costing us. But that's the beauty of baseball," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday. "You can play six or seven really good innings and you blink and make some mistakes, and good teams are going to make you pay."

Right-hander Merrill Kelly (0-2, 8.10 ERA) was roughed up by the Colorado Rockies in his last outing on April 8, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over six innings. Four of the runs were allowed in the first two innings.

"Nothing concerning, I think it was just kind of a day-game downer," Kelly said postgame. "Just took me a little bit to get going there in the first couple innings as far as body-wise and how I felt. And then after that second inning, kind of woke up a little bit and everything kind of ticked up, the life came back. But nothing concerning, everything feels fine and going forward I don't see it being a problem."

Kelly will be making his first career appearance against Washington.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 15, 2021

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