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#pounditMonday, May 10, 2021

Brandon Belt beats shift with dribbler to spoil no-hitter

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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.

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.

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