Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/13/12

As left-hander Patrick Corbin showed again Sunday, and as cliched as it might be, the third time really

can be the charm.

Corbin commanded all three pitches in a 7-4 victory over Washington as the Diamondbacks salvaged the

final game of a three-game series at Chase Field. It was his third straight quality start since rejoining

the rotation on Aug. 1, when he was promoted from the minor leagues for the third time this season.

"The first I came up here ... you don't want to be scared of these hitters, but you kind of are because

this is your first time. Now, being called up for the third time, I feel a lot more comfortable and a lot

more relaxed. It's kind of like just another baseball game," said Corbin, 22, one of the crop of top young

starters in the D-backs' system.

Corbin gave up only an infield single -- a ball some believed could have been ruled an error -- while

facing the minimum 18 through six innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the seventh. He had

seven strikeouts, four on his slurvey breaking ball, and no walks while throwing 88 pitches. He has given

up four earned runs in 19 innings (1.33 ERA) since his return Aug. 1.

"He has a better idea of what it takes. He knows that he has to throw the ball over the plate. He can't

just try to avoid contact. He understands that, and he understands why now. You can tell somebody all you

want until they actually get here and experience it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Corbin, 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA, opened the season at Class AA Mobile before being promoted to the majors,

winning his major league debut April 30 at Miami. He made five starts before being sent to Class AAA Reno,

returning to the D-backs as a long reliever June 28. He stayed two weeks before going back to Reno, where

he was stretched out as a starter. Corbin said he made a conscious effort to improve his breaking ball

during his last stop in the minors.

"I just feel the first time I wasn't throwing it enough so I didn't get a feel for it. Maybe it was not

trying to give up a hit instead of just going after the guys. That's the thing I learned when I came up the

second time, just to go after these guys," Corbin said.

"Whether I am behind in the count or ahead in the count, I am mixing in my changeup and breaking ball

and being able to get outs. I think that's the biggest thing. Not being afraid and throwing strikes and

letting them put the ball in play."

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