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Nationals 12, Rockies 5: Washington Tees Off on Guillermo Moscoso

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There are many risks with the Rockies 4-man 75-pitch limit rotation. Through 7 games of the experiment, we haven't seen much, as the Rockies managed to win 3 of those 7. One big drawback occurred Tuesday night.

Christian Friedrich wasn't great, as the lefty allowed 4 ER in 4.1 IP on 70 pitches. That did lower his Coors ERA to 11.63 from 12.60 though. Friedrich's caddy was Guillermo Moscoso, who had been pitching better of late. All Moscoso did was allow 8 runs and 3 home runs in just 1.2 IP, both records for the most runs and home runs allowed by a Venezuelan pitcher in an appearance lasting less than two innings. That turned a 4-3 deficit into a 12-4 deficit.

The drawback here was that, despite a 9-man bullpen apparently, Jim Tracy was forced to stick with Moscoso to bite the bullet. It is game 8 in a 20 games in 20 days stretch after all.

Moscoso continuously served up pitches in the middle of the zone, undoing all of the goodwill he had built up in his past four appearances (three on the road). Those nervous that Moscoso is a poor fit for Coors Field seem vindicated now, as Moscoso has an 11.88 ERA at home and 2.79 on the road. There certainly weren't any "soft fly balls." Moscoso was a critical component to allowing 2 runs (a Davey Johnson era Nationals record) and 21 hits (tying Washington Nationals record). Yuck.

The Rockies actually managed to score some runs on Gio Gonzalez too. Despite allowing just one home run on the season coming in, Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera each homered off the lefty, helping the Rockies to 5 runs in 6 innings off Gonzalez. Essentially, the offense punished Gio more than they got to Stephen Strasburg yesterday, but the pitchers allowed 10 more runs.

Source: FanGraphs

WPA Heroes

Todd Helton (+.087): 1-for-3, RBI, K.
Carlos Gonzalez (+.081): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R, K.
Michael Cuddyer (+.055): 1-for-3, RBI, R, K.

WPA Zeroes

Guillermo Moscoso (-.389): 1.2 IP, 8 ER, 8 H, 3 HR, 3 K, 1 BB.
Christian Friedrich (-.157): 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, HR, 3 K, 0 BB. (-.041): 0-for-2, 2 K.
Chris Nelson (-.063): 1-for-4, K.

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