PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin's remarkable ascent up the Diamondbacks' organizational depth chart reached yet another high point Sunday when the rookie left-hander flat out dominated the best team in baseball.
Few, if any, could have predicted before the season began that Corbin would for any stretch be the D-backs' best starter, but the 23-year has been exactly so since rejoining the rotation. Even Corbin didn't see his fast rise coming.
"I never would have thought that," Corbin said when asked he could have imagined back in spring training he'd be besting the Nationals for his fourth major league win. The effort helped the D-backs avoid a sweep and get back above .500 with a 7-4 win.
Over seven innings, Corbin allowed two runs on four hits, seven strikeouts and no walks. The outing included five perfect innings and a stretch of sixteen straight batters retired.
"Patrick was outstanding," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Washington...