Game #36 Patrick Corbin has a new LF

Five days ago, Patrick Corbin was throwing a 1-hit scoreless gem through 7.0 innings. It unraveled from there a little when he was sent out for the eighth inning, but still one of his finest starts in a Washington Nationals uniform. Tonight, he gets a chance to pitch in a ballpark that he pitched in annually when he was a member of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. It won’t be easy as he faces Logan Webb who had been the Giants’ ace in recent years.

Behind Corbin’s right shoulder, will be Jake Alu who was announced Sunday night by manager Dave Martinez as the roster replacement when Victor Robles was put on the 10-day IL with back spasms. The left-handed Alu has 40 career games in left field from his days at Boston College, the Cape Cod summer league, and in his minor league career. He is known mostly as a slick fielding third baseman, but with Jeimer Canderlario shining there, Alu will have to do what he’s spent most of his career doing as a play-everywhere type of guy. Since high school at Princeton Day School, Alu has played every position except for catcher.

“I think I was 0-10 before I got my first hit.”

— manager Dave Martinez

The Nats starters ERAs are a combined 4.48, and Jake Irvin certainly helped that number after 6 1/3 scoreless last night in his second career start.

Here is how they rank:

No. 6 Starter: Jake Irvin 0.84 ERA
No. 5 Starter: Chad Kuhl 9.41
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 5.17
No. 3 Starter: Trevor Williams 4.25
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.65
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 3.03

The pitching is still looking good, and the bullpen got some extra rest last night with a much needed five run lead only prompted manager Dave Martinez to start warming up Hunter Harvey, and not actually used in the game.

Here is your Baseball Savant Statcast link for the game.

Washington National vs. San Francisco Giants

Stadium: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
1st Pitch: 9:45 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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