Patrick Corbin finally gets his first win as a National

Chris Lingebach
April 18, 2019 - 5:21 pm
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Patrick Corbin pitched his guts out, taking a one-hitter into the eighth inning against the Giants to earn his first win as a Nationals starter.

Corbin had allowed just six earned runs across his three previous starts, but a combination of bullpen woes and lack of run support had rendered him winless heading into Thursday.

San Francisco remained hitless up until Evan Longoria doubled off Corbin in the top of the fifth for the Giants' first hit of the game.

Longoria would cause trouble for Corbin again in the eighth, when he was hit by a pitch on a 2-2 count to lead off the inning for the Giants. After retiring the next two batters, Corbin -- sitting on 107 pitches (71 for strikes) -- gave up a double to Giants catcher Erik Kratz, scoring Longoria and forcing a tough decision from Davey Martinez. The Nats skipper called for reliever Kyle Barraclough from the bullpen to protect the 4-1 lead. Barraclough induced a groundout from Buster Posey to escape further danger.

Closer Sean Doolittle started the top of the ninth for the Nats, but quickly found trouble for himself after allowing one run on a trio of singles, Longoria doing damage again with a single to left to score Tyler Austin, to bring the Giants within two runs, the score 4-2. With two outs and runners on first and second, Doolittle found his stuff, striking out Brandon Crawford on three straight fastballs for the win, earning his second save of the season.

The Nationals offense was powered by Ryan Zimmerman, Yan Gomes, Juan Soto and Wilmer Difo, each of whom finished with one RBI apiece. Difo homered off Giants starter Drew Pomeranz in the bottom of the fourth -- a solo shot to left -- for the Nationals' only home run of the game.

Corbin finished the day with one run allowed on two hits and a walk, and nine strikeouts over 7.2 innings pitched, improving to 1-0 with a 2.36 ERA on the season. The Nats improve to 9-8, just two games off the Phillies' pace at the top of the National League East and a game-and-a-half behind the second-place Mets.

The Nats win the series 2-1 and head to Miami for a three-game set. That starts Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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