Corbin Wins One for Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs was a first round supplemental pick of the Angels back in 2009, the same draft the Angles selected Mike Trout in the first round. Patrick Corbin was selected in the second round by the Angels. They were both traded to the Diamondbacks in 2010 in the Dan Haren trade, both making their major league debuts with the Diamondbacks in 2012. Skaggs returned to the Angels in 2013 in a trade for Mark Trumbo. Skaggs and Corbin both had Tommy John surgery around the 2014/2015 time period so both were on rehab from that procedure. Skaggs was at Corbin’s wedding November of last year. So after the unexpected death of Tyler Skaggs a couple days ago, Patrick Corbin pitched last night wearing the uniform number of Skaggs (45) to honor his friend.

It did not start off well. The first three Marlins he faced got base hits off him to score the first run of the game. He settled down after that to strike out the next two hitters and get a third out on a fly out. He put up zeroes the next two innings and then the rains came. It was an hour and 15 minute delay. Normally the starting pitcher does not go out to pitch after that long a rain delay. The Marlins brought out a new pitcher. Corbin came out to work the fourth.

Corbin pitched another four shutout innings to leave the game ahead 2-1. If not for the deplorable Nationals bullpen he may have gotten the win. But Wander Suerro coughed up a run in the 8th and the game was tied. His opportunity to win the game was negated.

Zac Gallen got the start for the Marlins, his second major league start, both against the Nationals. He gave up a lead off single to Trea Turner. After retiring the next two hitters Juan Soto deposited his second pitch into the right field bleachers. He pitched only two innings. Once the rains came he was replaced by Adam Conley.

Both teams remained scoreless until the eighth. Wander Suerro did not pitch that bad after replacing Corbin. He gave up a leadoff double to Cesar Puello. A ground out advanced Puello to third and a fly out by Miguel Rojas scored Puello to tie the game.

The Marlins got some good bullpen work from Adam Conley and Austin Brice, who combined for five shutout innings of work. Nick Anderson added another shutout inning in the eighth, getting out of a bases loaded jam. Jose Quijada probably should have not taken the loss in the ninth. A Neil Walker error put Yan Gomes on first base. With two outs Trea Turner drove one into the right centerfield gap. It rolled long enough to allow Gomes to be sent home and a dropped throw on the cutoff allowed Gomes to score all the way from first to give the Nationals a 3-2 win.

Game Notes: Trevor Richards, the pitcher pinch hit for Adam Conley in the fifth. He popped out to second…Brian Anderson injured himself when he leaped into the right field scoreboard to try to catch the Juan Soto homerun. The prognosis was a right elbow contusion and the hope is that he will be ready to play tomorrow…Miguel Rojas had a good day for the Marlins. He finished it 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The only down side is he got picked off first in the fifth inning…Adam Conley has good velocity to his fastball hitting 96 to 97. Myworld can see why the Marlins like him despite his ugly six plus ERA…Anthony Rendon was voted to the All Star team for the first time. Usually, he likes to take a little vacation during the All Star break, relishing the opportunity to take the time off. It will be interesting to see if he chooses to participate in this game…Cesar Puello was once a highly touted prospect. He has had a checkered past, serving a 50 game suspension for being implicated with Alex Rodriguez in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The Mets released him in August 2015 after he had missed almost all of the season due to a back injury. The Marlins are the sixth team to sign/trade for him after the Mets release.

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