Patrick Corbin brought to tears reflecting on late friend Tyler Skaggs

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 03, 2019 - 8:15 am
Nationals Pitcher Patrick Corbin

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Patrick Corbin was dominant Tuesday night, pitching seven innings of one-run ball in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Marlins.

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But in reality, his thoughts were elsewhere. 

"He's just all I'm thinking about," an emotional Corbin said after the game, referring to late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs who suddenly passed away Monday.

Corbin and Skaggs were good friends. The pair were part of the same Angels' draft class in 2009 then were both shipped to the Diamondbacks in a 2010 trade. In fact, Skaggs was part of Corbin's wedding this past offseason.

Corbin paid tribute to his late friend throughout Tuesday's game, wearing Skaggs' No. 45 and writing "45" on the dirt behind the pitcher's mound. 

"It's been hard," Corbin said. "Just been thinking of Tyler, his wife Carly, his family. You can't believe he's gone, and I'm sure it's hard for a lot of people."

"When you have a loss, you want to keep things as normal as you can and just try to go out there and do what you have to do," he added on his decision to pitch the day after his friend's passing. "Saw the Angels play today too, so I think it's best to go out there and play the game of baseball."

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