The Washington Nationals began their four-game series on the road against the Colorado Rockies without much of a bang. The Nationals fell 6-3, but left 10 men stranded on base.
The game started of well for the Nats, scoring the first run of the game after Michael Morse singled in Rick Ankiel. From there, the Rockies scored six straight before the Nats mounted a mini-comeback in the 9th inning.
The Nats couldn’t figure out Esmil Rogers, who came into the game with an ERA above a touchdown, who pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He gave up 7 hits and walked two, but struck out six Nationals along the way. Ross Detwiler had a less impressive night, but pitched well in his return to the rotation.
Detwiler finished with allowing five hits and three walks over five innings. He cruised over his first three innings, but lost momentum in the fourth inning. It begs the question if working out of the bullpen has affected him at all.
Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 13 games. It also gives him 9 multi-hit games in his last 16. Zimmerman has gotten his average up to .295. Only a matter of time before the power comes back.
The Nationals and Rockies have game two of their series tomorrow with Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.12 ERA) facing Juan Nicasio (4-3, 3.95 ERA) at 8:40 pm. You can listen to the game on The Fan tomorrow night.
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