Patrick Corbin walked off the mound for the final time this season, his head down in disappointment.
''But I told him to keep his head up,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. ''He had an outstanding year for us.''
The last half-season, though, was not so good, culminating with Friday night's 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
After opening the season 12-1, Corbin finished 2-7.
''This last month has been difficult for me and something I want to get over,'' he said. ''The team didn't like how the season ended, but at the end of the year when I get back home I will try to improve and get better and make sure it doesn't happen again next year.''
Corbin gave up 32 runs in his last 34 innings. Gibson said the young left-hander's slider, so devastating early in the year, was not as good as the season wore on.
''He is a very determined young man who doesn't like to lose, doesn't like to fail,'' Gibson said. ''He didn't run from it, he didn't want to get shut down. He was honest with us. He...