Rockies Vs. Nationals: Nationals Suffer A Close Call and Close 3-2 Loss To Rockies
John Lannan walked off the field on his own accord, but as he left so did the Nationals chances. A Michael Morse sac fly and Wilson Ramos home run was not enough to over come Colorado's fourth-inning surge.
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The Washington Nationals dropped the first game of a three game series against the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Friday night. The Nationals not only suffered a loss, but suffered a big scare in the top of the fourth.
Colorado's Ty Wiggington was squaring off against Nationals pitcher John Lannan with the Nationals leading 1-0 when Wiggington smacked a shot right back at the mound. Lannan was able to turn partially away, but the ball caught him in the face. Lannan crouched to the ground briefly in pain holding his face, but stood up again in obvious pain. The ball had hit him on the nose and he was immediately taken out of the game. Lannan walked off the field on his own accord wincing and looking like he was having trouble breathing.
However, the Rockies were able to score a run and tie the game. This started a domino effect as three consecutive singles were hit by the Rockies offense off reliever Ryan Mattheus and quickly the game went into the Rockies favor and stayed there. Lannan ended up only going 3.1 innings giving up three runs on three hits and striking out five. Lannan will no doubt miss time creating a troubling hole for the Nationals in their rotation.
The Washington Nationals have been under a lot of scrutiny the past 24 hours after blowing the largest lead in franchise history to the Chicago Cubs in a 10-9 loss Thursday night. The Nats had an 8-0 lead at one point and hopelessly watched it slip away until the game's ultimately devastating conclusion. On Friday night Washington hopes to put it all behind them and start anew against a struggling Colorado Rockies team in a final first-half three game series before the All-Star Break.
While the Nationals had a three-game win streak broken by a tough game to swallow, the Rockies are even in more turmoil as they roll into Washington on a five game losing streak. This should give the Nationals and starter John Lannan (5-5, 3.50 ERA) a little more aggression in taking advantage of a team on the down swing in hopes of rebooting their own confidence. Lannan has been solid for the Nationals lately. He is 3-0 in his last eight starts and is coming off a strong no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates where he he gave up three runs and walked none in seven innings. The Rockies will turn to Jason Hammel (4-8, 4.31 ERA) to try and get them back on the winning track.
The Washington area is supposed to experience some rainy weather Friday night and while the game is expected to get in fans are encouraged to keep watch on weather reports and prepare accordingly.