MIAMI -- For D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin, Marlins Park will always be a special place.
It was there April 30, 2012, that Corbin made his big league debut, a 9-5 win in which he allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
"Your first game in the big leagues is probably one of the most exciting moments in your life," Corbin said. "I just remember my parents being here and being able to watch me throw. I remember getting the win that day, too, so that was awesome."
Corbin had arrived in Miami the day before his start and spent that night sitting in the stands behind home plate with general manager Kevin Towers as Wade Miley pitched.
"Looking back, I was nervous as can be and really excited and happy to be here," Corbin said.
Corbin has certainly come a long way in a little more than a year. Entering Saturday's game, he was near the top of the National League leaders in ERA (1.52) and wins (a perfect 6-0).
"Now, I feel like I belong here and can go out there and be myself and know I can get these guys out," Corbin said. "I'm a lot more comfortable."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.