On Saturday night, he'll get to face an entire team that can't say the same.
The 23-year-old left-hander will seek his third win since being called up from the minors Saturday night when Arizona continues its weekend road series against the major league-worst Houston Astros .
Corbin (4-4, 3.41 ERA) entered this season as one of Arizona's top prospects but was inconsistent after being called up from Double-A Mobile on April 30, going 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA over five starts. He pitched exclusively in relief during a second stint in the majors June 27-July 14, but has finally lived up to billing since his latest recall Aug. 1.
Corbin has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He matched a career high by tossing seven innings in Sunday's 7-4 win over Washington.
"Just having some confidence against these guys, just knowing you can go out there and pitch your game. That's something I've been doing since I came back up. It's been working out," Corbin said.
After defeating the team with the best record in the majors, Corbin now gets to face the team that owns the worst mark. The Astros (39-81) are on the brink of clinching their fourth straight losing season and are on pace to top their franchise-worst mark of 106 defeats, set last year. A 3-1 loss in Friday's series opener was their 38th in 45 games.
"We haven't been very good winning games in which we haven't scored a lot of runs, but last two nights have been very good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We hope that continues."
Arizona has defeated Houston seven straight times overall, has won 18 of 22 in the series and five straight at Minute Maid. The Diamondbacks (60-59) will now try to beat Astros starter Jordan Lyles (2-9, 5.47) for the second time this season.
The 21-year-old right-hander has given up 15 runs and 22 hits over 10 2-3 innings in two career starts versus Arizona. He surrendered eight runs - five earned - and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-2 road loss July 22.
Lyles has dropped five straight decisions overall after allowing four runs over seven innings of Sunday's 5-3 defeat to Milwaukee. On the bright side, he didn't walk a batter and has issued just five free passes over his last five outings.
"The thing with Lyles is we've been able to see the guy improve," manager Brad Mills told the Astros' official website. "We saw quite a few starts last year, but this year he's taken off. He's improved. We see the improvements that he's made start after start. That's what we want to see from a guy who's 21 years old - to continue to improve and get better."
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|August 09, 2012||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Lower back stiffness|
|August 09, 2012||Josh Collmenter||15-Day DL||Ulcers|
|August 06, 2012||Henry Blanco||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
|July 09, 2012||Wil Nieves||15-Day DL||Turf toe, right foot|
|August 07, 2012||Jordan Schafer||15-Day DL||Left shoulder separation|
|August 02, 2012||Francisco Cordero||15-Day DL||Inflamed right big toe|
|July 31, 2012||Wilton Lopez||Day-to-Day||Right elbow tightness|
|July 15, 2012||Jed Lowrie||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|July 14, 2012||Jed Lowrie||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|July 08, 2012||Jason Castro||15-Day DL||Fluid in right knee|
HOUSTON (AP) -- Chris Young loves playing in his hometown.
Young matched a career high with four hits, Aaron Hill hit a three-run homer in a nine-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Houston Astros 12-4 on Saturday night.
Young also drove in three runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He has hit safely in eight straight games against the Astros.
"For some reason when I get here and have my all family here, I am able to make every situation a big-game situation, and it's been good so far," Young said. "It could be coincidence, but for the last five or six years I have come here, I have been able to get comfortable. I have been able to get my footing in the box pretty well."
After the game, the major league-worst Astros fired manager Brad Mills , hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham . Mills was in his third season as manager.
The Astros (39-82) said first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow will name an interim manager and other staff members in a news conference Sunday morning.
Mills became the first big league manager to be fired this season. He was 76-86 in his first season with Houston and a franchise-worst 56-106 last year.
Justin Upton added two hits for Arizona and Ryan Wheeler hit his first major league home run.
Young, who has struggled since coming off the disabled list May 17, is batting .419 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in his career at Minute Maid Park.
"Since I have been here, it has been unbelievable what he has done here," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Coming into this trip, I was hoping this would happen, so I started to play him again."
Patrick Corbin (5-4) went seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits with five strikeouts. Corbin has three straight wins in four outings since moving back into the rotation at the beginning of August. He has gone at least six innings in each of those starts.
"I didn't think I was the sharpest I have been lately," Corbin said. "There were a couple pitches I would like to take back, but I felt pretty good. I was glad to go out there and give them seven innings."
Jordan Lyles (2-10) lost his sixth straight, giving up seven runs - five earned - on eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings. In his career against Arizona, he has allowed 22 runs - 17 earned - in 14 2-3 innings.
"He has thrown the ball well the last few starts, but there are times that he will go out there and he has problems getting out of an inning," Mills said. "We were kind of hoping that (third inning) was that inning that he was going to have a tough time getting out of. But the fifth inning, and not being able to get out any of the first six guys . that was huge."
Lyles has struggled this season when facing a lineup for the third time. He said he was lucky to get through the fourth with just one run allowed, but he doesn't know if there is an answer to how he can get through a lineup the third time through.
"Maybe it is just something where I will turn the corner one day and not look back," he said. "But right now, I need to work on it, learn from it, and do a better job of keeping our team in the game, unlike I did tonight."
Houston has lost three straight and eight of 11. The Astros have the worst record in the majors at 39-82.
The Diamondbacks chased Lyles in the fifth when six straight batters reached base. Arizona sent 12 men to the plate during the inning against three Houston pitchers.
"Everybody was kind of on the same page today on offense," Young said. "We haven't been able to put up too many runs lately, and everybody came out swinging the bats well today. I was kind of along for the ride, but it was fun."
Hill capped the outburst with a homer to left field off Chuckie Fick to extend Arizona's lead to 10-3.
Gerardo Parra started the inning with a double before Hill walked. Upton followed with an RBI single to cut Houston's lead to 3-2, and Paul Goldschmidt singled to tie it.
After Miguel Montero walked to load the bases, Young singled to give Arizona a 4-3 lead and Xavier Cedeno relieved Lyles. Cedeno didn't fare much better, walking Stephen Drew to force in a run before two more scored on an error by second baseman Jose Altuve .
Tyler Greene hit a solo home run in the bottom half to trim Arizona's lead to 10-4.
Wheeler connected in the seventh, a solo shot off Fick to make it 11-4, and Young added a solo homer off Rhiner Cruz in the eighth.
Chris Snyder put the Astros ahead 3-1 with a two-run homer in the fourth.
Houston tied it at 1 in the third on Greene's run-scoring single.
Arizona took the lead in the second on an RBI double by Young.
NOTES: Arizona OF Jason Kubel did not start for a second straight game after being scratched Friday with a sore neck. ... Diamondbacks 3B Chris Johnson did not start for the second time since being traded to Arizona from Houston. He is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. ... Altuve leads the Astros with 39 extra-base hits. ... Houston will send Armando Galarraga (0-3, 5.75 ERA) to the mound Sunday against Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy (10-10, 4.35).