Behind Corbin's continued brilliance, the D-backs won their fourth straight game, 2-1, over the Phillies in front of 20,002 at Chase Field. "I knew if I could come in and go after these guys and compete, I didn't [think] the start would be like this, but I'm not surprised at all," Corbin said. "They had a lot of lefties in the lineup today, so a big thing was getting ahead, throwing inside and making them feel uncomfortable," Corbin said. With Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill a combined 3-6, the 23-year-old Corbin has turned into the Diamondbacks' unlikely ace, though Arizona manager Kirk Gibson isn't surprised. "We're not surprised. A little more than a month into the season, the 23-year-old New York native already has dominated his childhood team at Yankee Stadium, outdueled Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and, with another methodically impressive performance Thursday night, defeated World Series MVP Cole Hamels.
Patrick Corbin tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one run against the Phillies on Thursday night, becoming the first player in franchise history to open a season with seven straight starts of at least six innings and allowing two runs or less.