"I thought Patrick threw the ball really, really well," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He was managing his pitches he was attacking the zone and overall it was a solid outing and, unfortunately, he came up on the short end of this game and absorbed a loss."
The lone run that Corbin allowed came in the first when Freddy Galvis hit a ball to right that just eluded a diving David Peralta. Aaron Altherr followed with a ground ball to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt that scored Galvis.
"I thought I could have gotten out of it," Corbin said of the first. "I think we had a shift in the outfield and they kind of just hit it where no one was. Then there was a ground ball to Goldy there that scored him."
It was the second time in as many starts that Corbin faced the Phillies. Last time against them he allowed two earned runs over six innings.
"We don't see them as often as other teams, but from my last start I knew them a little bit," Corbin said. "But they knew me, so we kind of did a couple different things."
One thing Corbin did differently was use more offspeed, having good success with his changeup and his always-effective slider.
"He threw a lot of soft stuff," Phillies manager Pete MacKanin said. "He got us chasing his breaking ball. I think that helped him out a lot. We helped him out a bit. But still, I think that's what made him effective."
Of the 20 outs that Corbin recorded, 11 came on the ground and five were strikeouts.
"I think he was throwing a lot of down balls," Lovullo said. "Bottom half of the zone, he was executing some secondary pitches and not backing out of any situation."
The Phillies threatened again in the second inning, but Corbin was able to get out of it and seemed to find his rhythm.
"First two innings I threw a bunch of pitches," Corbin said. "But then settled down, used the changeup, kept them off balance and was able to get into the seventh. Just a lot of ground balls I thought -- some that got through and some that didn't."