For the second time in 11 days, the Colorado Rockies won a game started by Yohan Flande against Max Scherzer.
Flande tossed seven innings of two-run ball and pitched in two hits and an RBI for good measure in the Rockies' 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, who missed out on a series sweep with their ace on the hill. Flande set a single-game career high in innings pitched and allowed just three hits.
Scherzer was just about as good for the Nationals, striking out seven while allowing three runs in six innings. But a couple of hard-luck hits served up to the opposing pitcher -- as well as consecutive hard-hit balls by Charlie Blackmon and Jose Reyes in the fifth inning -- ultimately cost the three-time All-Star hurler.
A couple of other cool developments on Thursday for the Rockies:
- Dustin Garneau, making his major league debut, doubled in his very first MLB plate appearance. The recently promoted catcher went hitless for the remainder of the game but did a solid job behind the plate.
- Scott Oberg and John Axford combined to allow zero runs in relief of Flande. It marked the first time since Aug. 7 that the Rockies' bullpen held an opposing offense scoreless. In true Internet fashion, we still argued with people on Twitter about the bullpen after the game.
The Rockies are back in action on Friday against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Colorado will send Jon Bae -- er, Jon Gray -- to the mound to take on the equally interesting and fun-to-watch Bartolo Colon.
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