Patrick Corbin relaunches Yankees saga with brilliant outing


WASHINGTON – While the arrival of Gerrit Cole has put Yankees fans past the Patrick Corbin saga, Corbin did his part to revive it Sunday at Nationals Park.The southpaw, who grew up as a Yankees fan in upstate New York and barely concealed his interest in the Yankees two seasons ago before signing with the Nationals, started his 2020 in beauty, allowing only two hits and one run in 6 ¹ / ₃ innings of work. He left as a winning pitcher, only to see his teammates in the reliever box give up their lead as the Yankees edged Washington, 3-2.

When asked if it was meaningful to pitch against the Yankees for just the second time in his nine-year career, Corbin replied, “Yeah, I remember pitching at Yankee Stadium. [in 2013], which was cool [in my] first full season, having family there. I know a lot of family members from Syracuse were watching.

The Yankees welcomed then-free agent Corbin for a visit to Yankee Stadium in November 2018, and although they discussed the financial parameters with him, the two sides were never close to agreeing on the terms. The Yankees had a four- or five-year contract in mind for Corbin, and the Nats earned him $ 140 million over six years. Corbin rewarded the faith of the Nats by playing a key role in the franchise’s first championship.

Patrick Corbin
Patrick CorbinAP

On Sunday, Corbin whirled six scoreless innings and knocked out Aaron Judge to start the seventh. When next hitter Gleyber Torres took him deep to break the shutout, however, Corbin’s 75th pitch, Washington manager Dave Martinez went to the mound.

“It was hot,” Martinez said, referring to the temperature on the first pitch of 91 degrees. “We talked about, ‘It was his first time in the seventh round.’ For the first batter, the ball was going up a bit. He likes to sting in the area.

“I went out and talked to him. He said he felt good. We locked our guys in the bullpen. I thought it was the perfect opportunity. He gave us everything he had for as long as he could.

Will Harris relieved Corbin and, after knocking out Giancarlo Stanton, abandoned the decisive home run against Luke Voit.

Despite the final score, Corbin did not disagree with his coach’s decision, saying: “I did not reach a sixth inning. [in intrasquad/exhibition action], so I thought I would get to seventh there, even though the pitch count wasn’t that high, getting up seven times wasn’t something I had done. After that home run, with the arrival of Stanton, we have a good pen there, so you have to get them there. I understand well. ”

However, it makes it as difficult as possible for Yankees fans to understand why their team passed it.


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