Hey, y'know what, sometimes you just have to tip your cap. You win some, you lose some, and every now and then the other team really brings their A game and you just have to tip your cap.
Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a double (the only extra base hit of the game for the Rockies, unless you count LeMahieu's bloop, which I don't). The 2-3-4 hitters couldn't get him home, including a pair of strikeouts to Josh Rutledge and Carlos Gonzalez, but sometimes you just have to tip your cap. Those 86 mph fastballs from Doug Fister must have been really hard to pick up. Hard to blame the Rockies. Just gotta tip the cap.
And you really have to doff the chapeau for the Nationals hitters. They really had a good game, and there's nothing you can really do when that happens. They really brought a great approach against Franklin Morales; said approach was drawing tons of walks, getting tons of hits, and allowing him to throw the ball all over the field for free bases. Man, you really gotta just lift the hat for that kind of ball game.
Big tip of the cap for Ian Desmond. He may have a sub-.300 OBP, but he reached base five times tonight. Hat's off Ian. He blasted a home run off Morales in the fourth inning, and the delicate balance of the scoreless game was smashed like a dropped china plate. Morales had his typical meltdown after that. Frankly (Frankliny?) we were lucky to get six innings of four run ball out of him.
Also, wow, that third base deserves a tip of the cap. It may be an inanimate object, made largely of rubber and metal, but it really held its own in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, a human being with a brain and hypothetical motor skills. While Cargo was writhing in pain in the dirt, the base just sat there, stoic. Gotta give it up for third base.
Really gotta bare the bald spot for Ryan Zimmerman. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Rockies had a little rally; five singles and a walk netted the Rockies two runs in the frame. It could have been better, but Cargo's aforementioned altercation with third base resulted in a free out for the Nats (tip of the cap to the left fielder, who must have deked Cargo or something, who knows, blah blah blah). Anyway, Zim stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh and took four straight balls from Tommy Kahnle. Really gotta respect a guy's ability to easily take four wide pitches, take first base, and spark a rally that erased everything the Rockies just did. Big ole tip of the cap.
The Rockies are 4-24 in their last 28 games. Tip of the cap to the scorekeepers who keep track of that.
Jurassic Park is on. Tip of the cap to Stephen Spielberg. Great film.
The only Rockie who looked like he should be on the field today was just called up from Triple-A. T of the C.
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Tip of the cap to Fangraphs.