The Rockies lost to the Nationals 11-4 at Coors Field Wednesday night. The Rockies’ season record fell to 14-8, while the National League leading Nationals improved to 15-6.
Starter Tyler Chatwood had trouble finding the strike zone in the second, and it cost him. Daniel Murphy led off the inning with a single, and Chatwood followed that up by walking a couple of batters around recording two outs. With the bases loaded and two gone, Adam Eaton singled to score two runs and give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Chatwood gave up three hits over the next two innings, but the Nationals weren’t able to score. They added three runs to their lead in the fifth inning though. They all came by way of the homer. Trea Turner hit a solo shot, and Ryan Zimmerman brought Bryce Harper, who walked, home with a two-run dinger. That gave the Nationals a 5-0 advantage.
That was it for Chatwood. He finished having allowed five runs in five innings. He gave up eight hits (two home runs), walked three, and struck out four.
The Rockies were able to get a couple of runs back in the bottom of the fifth, though it could have been more. With one out, Tony Wolters singled, and Cristhian Adames and Charlie Blackmon followed that with back-to-back walks to load the bases. DJ LeMahieu then got a walk of his own to force in the Rockies’ first run of the night. Another runner scored after Arenado grounded into a fielder’s choice to second base. Carlos González came to the plate representing the tying run. He struck out to end the rally. He was none too happy about it, either. Here’s how he reacted:
Chris Rusin relieved Chatwood after the fifth. He sailed through the sixth inning perfectly, but the Nationals tagged him for four runs in the ninth to blow it up. Turner, Harper, and Zimmerman hit consecutive singles, the last of which scored a run to make it 6-2. Then, Daniel Murphy made it a 9-2 game with a home run to right field. Chad Qualls entered the game, his season debut, to finish the seventh inning.
The Nationals and Rockies traded runs in the eighth. In the top half, Qualls allowed a runner to reach on an error, and that was followed by a double and a single. In the bottom half, CarGo walked and scored on a Gerardo Parra double. Parra scored courtesy of Alexi Amarista.
It was an 11-4 game headed into the ninth inning, and there was nothing doing then. That’s how it ended. The Rockies will try to salvage a split in tomorrow’s finale, which starts at 1:10 MT. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals, and rookie Antonio Senzatela gets the ball for the Rockies.