Arizona Diamondbacks

Nothing is working for Patrick Corbin, and the Diamondbacks make him, and the Nats, pay

Through two appearances, he has had no feel for the fastball-slider combination that warranted a six-year, $140 million contract three winters ago and helped this club win a World Series in 2019.

They were still without starter Jon Lester (who pitched a simulated game at their alternate site Thursday) and reliever Will Harris (who is recovering from right hand inflammation and threw a 20-pitch bullpen).

It was maybe fair, then, that Arizona had Asdrúbal Cabrera, the former Nationals infielder, hitting fourth in a thin lineup.

The Nationals made their own first-inning push against Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly, who entered having allowed nine runs in 10 frames.

Two batters later, Ahmed scorched a grounder at Harrison and he couldn’t field it cleanly, turning a possible double play into a rally.

He walked to the dugout with his eyes fixed on the grass, then the dirt, then the steps leading to the tunnel and clubhouse.

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