Colorado Rockies Can’t Figure Out Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals Win 6-1
Aug 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder B. Harper (not pictured) helmet lays on the ground after loosing it while rounding the bases to score a run during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals met on Saturday night in the second game of their weekend series in our nation’s capital.
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The Colorado Rockies only got three hits — while failing to walk and striking out twelve times — in seven innings against starter Stephen Strasburg, and his strong outing led the Washington Nationals to an easy 6-1 victory on Saturday night.
The Rockies and starter Eddie Butler didn’t get off to the best start, with a second inning double by Wilson Ramos bringing home two runs to put the Nationals up early. As it turned out, that’d be all they needed, though they’d get more on the night off Butler and the relievers.
The Nats put up another on in the bottom of the third to go up 3-1 thanks to Ian Desmond‘s RBI single, and the way Strasburg was pitching, it looked like the Rockies may not score all night.
Mercifully, Colorado did get on the board; Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run (his 27th of the season) in the fourth inning to make the game 3-1, but that was as close as the Rockies would get.
The Nationals put up another run against Butler in the bottom of the fifth on Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI double, and Butler’s night would end soon after that. All told, he went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two batters, taking his ninth loss of the year.
The Nats put up two more runs in a tough seventh inning for Rockies’ reliever Christian Friedrich, and won the game going away with Matt Thornton wrapping things up on the mound for Washington.
The final 17 Rockies of the game were retired by Strasburg and the Nationals’ relievers — every single batter since Arenado’s fourth inning home run.
The Rockies and Nats will go for the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, with Yohan Flande starting for the Rox and going up against Max Scherzer.