Brandon Belt beats shift with dribbler to spoil no-hitter
Using a defensive shift against left-handed hitters can often be an advantage, but it burned the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night and cost Patrick Corbin a no-hitter in the process.
Corbin had not allowed a hit through 7.2 innings against the San Francisco Giants until Brandon Belt reached on an infield single. Belt seemed fooled by a breaking ball and checked his swing, making soft contact with a ball that dribbled towards third. He was able to beat it out.
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Had the infielders been playing in their normal spots instead of being shifted for Belt to pull, that probably would have been a routine play.
Corbin issued a walk in the fourth and allowed the hit to Belt, and that was it for the game. He pitched a complete game one-hit shutout and allowed just two baserunners while striking out eight. Not a bad night’s work.