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 Nats are now 54-58 on the season.