Nationals Vs. Rockies: Rockies Rallies Crumble As Nationals Win 5-3
Morse and Zimmerman both picked up two RBIs while Jordan Zimmerman went a little over five innings giving up two runs on four hits. Closer Drew Storen nailed the door shut with his 28th save of the season.
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The Washington Nationals evened a four game series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Both teams have won one apiece after the Nationals beat the Rockies 5-3 at Coors Field.
For most of the game it was all Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman hit a first inning two-run triple to put the Nats on the board first. Michael Morse plugged his 19th homerun of the season in the fifth inning and added a RBI single in the ninth as an insurance run for reliever Drew Storen to work with. Morse finished the night three-for-five with two RBI. Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 14 games with the first inning triple. Center fielder Rick Ankiel also added an RBI in the fourth with a single.
It was not until the sixth inning the Nationals ran into trouble. Starter Jordan Zimmermann had baffled the Colorado line-up most of the night, but gave up two runs in the bottom of the frame and was pulled by manager Davey Johnson. Reliever Henry Rodriguez came into the game and put on a shaky performance giving up one run, but that would be all the Rockies could muster for the rest of the game. Storen earned his 28th save while Zimmermann collected his seventh win of the season.
In the second inning Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio took an Ian Desmond line drive off the head and fell to the ground knocked out. He seemed to regain consciousness as he was carted off the field to the hospital. At the time of this posting there was still no official word on Nicasio's condition.
The Washington Nationals have been in near complete control of Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Nationals have been dominant on both sides of the ball which has given them a 4-0 in the sixth inning.
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is now on a 14-game hitting streak after hitting a two-run triple in the first inning which gave the Nats an early 2-0 lead over pitcher Juan Nicasio. In the fourth inning, after a double hit by pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel cashed in Zimmermann with a RBI single. Michael Morse put the Nats up 4-0 in the top of the fifth with his 19th home run of the season.
Zimmermann has been superb pitching five innings giving up no runs, only two hits, walking two and striking out seven. The Nationals have been putting the hitting behind Zimmermann by collecting 11 hits.
Colorado's Nicasio had to leave the game in the second inning after getting hit on the head with a line drive from Ian Desmond. Nicasio was knocked out on contact, but was conscious as he was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.
Ryan Zimmerman is riding a 13-game hitting streak while Jordan Zimmermann is coming off a strong six-inning performance against the New York Mets. The Nationals hope both continue to show off their talent on the way to a victory against the Rockies.