Welp, we've seen this one before.
Rockies starter Yohan Flande held his own through five innings, allowing only a run on five hits while notching a couple of strikeouts. Flande started the sixth by surrendering a leadoff single to Anthony Rendon and followed that with a walk to Jayson Werth, but the 28-year-old lefty, who was making his second big league start, bounced back to strikeout Adam LaRoche.
Having done a pretty good job up to that point -- and having used up fewer than 90 bullets -- Flande represented a decent bet to make it out of the inning unscathed. Yes, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper were looming, but the former owns a .222/.300/.370 line against southpaws this season while the latter has a career OPS that is 150 points worse against lefties than righties. Still, Walt Weiss had something up his sleeve -- something that would shock us all ...
... GOOD GOD, THAT'S ROB SCAHILL'S MUSIC!
In the swerve of all swerves, Scahill entered the game and proceeded to allow two doubles and two walks in the sixth before serving up a homer to LaRoche in the seventh. At the end of the day, Flande, who deserved a much better result, was saddled with three earned runs in his 5⅓ innings of work. Scahill gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks in 1⅔ frames before Nick Masset's too-little, too-late clean bottom of the eighth.
Justin Morneau (that's All-Star Justin Morneau to you -- or at least, it better be) led the Rockies with three hits. A bunch of guys, including Troy Tulowitzki and late entry Corey Dickerson, added a hit. Tulo's was a double, and he also walked and scored a pair of runs for the 36-47 Rockies. Zimmerman had three hits and struggling shortstop Ian Desmond added two knocks and three runs batted in for the Nationals, who predictably got six innings of two-run ball out of starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
The Rockies on Tuesday will try to avoid their fifth consecutive series loss by sending Christian Friedrich to the mound to face Stephen Strasburg. Nope.
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