Corbin hit hard by Blue Jays, remains winless at Chase Field

BY foxsports • July 20, 2016

PHOENIX -- Frustration was the theme of the day Wednesday at Chase Field.

The day began with Zack Greinke voicing his frustration over the slow pace of his recovery from an oblique injury, and it ended with Patrick Corbin adding to his frustration of a thus-far winless season in his home ballpark.

Corbin saw his season record fall to 4-9 and his home-field record drop to 0-7 with Wednesday's 10-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) before being pulled with two outs in the sixth.

Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson was his primary nemesis Wednesday, crushing a two-run homer in the first inning after leadoff hitter Darwin Barney reached on a bad-hop single, walking and scoring in the fifth inning and belting a 423-foot double to deep center field to score the Blue Jays' sixth run in the sixth and end Corbin's day.

"These guys are just not hitters you can get behind," manager Chip Hale said. "They can narrow their pitch selection. If you look at where the balls were on the plate, just too center cut."

Corbin's ERA is now 5.38 for the season and 7.23 at Chase. He admitted that the frustration is growing as the losses mount.

"I've looked at video a bunch and I don't see anything mechanically, just the results aren't there," he said. "I'm trying to get better, working on things in between starts. Hopefully we'll figure something out."

Corbin didn't get a lot of help on Wednesday. The first inning started with Barney hitting a ground ball toward second baseman Jean Segura that changed course and caused Segura to lose his footing. Segura made an error on Marcus Stroman's ground ball in the second inning that led to an unearned run, and in the fifth shortstop Nick Ahmed double-clutched on a throw to second base that would have ended the inning without any runs scoring. Ahmed's misplay, ruled a fielder's choice, was followed by run-scoring hits by Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar that made the score 5-1.

"I actually thought the pitch to Tulo was down and in where we were trying to go, he just put a good swing on that pitch," Corbin said. "You've just got to try to battle and work your way out of those things."

Daniel Hudson made a throwing error that contributed to a four-run eighth inning, giving the D-backs four errors in the two-game series.

"The defense just was not there today, that was disappointing" Hale said. "You'd like to pick the guys up after that, but it's tough against good hitters like that."

Hudson's two-thirds of an inning included a massive 473-foot home run by Edwin Encarnacion, which is tied for the fourth longest in the major leagues this season.

Hudson had a 1.55 ERA on June 21. In 10 appearances since then, he's pitched 6 2/3 innings and been rocked for 23 hits and 21 runs (16 earned), bumping his ERA to 5.30.

Hale said there doesn't appear to be anything physically wrong with Hudson.

"The gun readings are 97, 98, it's hard to believe theres a problem anywhere on your body if you can throw that hard," he said.

Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit his first home run of the season off Toronto reliever Brett Cecil in the eighth inning -- a three-run blast. ... The D-backs have Thursday off before starting a 10-game, three-time-zone road trip that features three games in Cincinnati, four in Milwaukee and three in Los Angeles.

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