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Rockies 8, Nationals 7: Former Nats help Rockies avoid a sweep

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Ian Desmond and Daniel Murphy drove a ninth inning comeback to help the Rockies avoid a sweep

A pair of former Nationals spurred a ninth inning comeback for the Rockies in DC on Thursday as Colorado went on to win 8-7. An Ian Desmond solo home run to tie the game at seven and four batters later Daniel Murphy beat out a potential double play relay throw to drive in Charlie Blackmon for the lead. Wade Davis strike out three in a scoreless ninth to secure the victory. The Rockies avoided the four-game sweep and kept their dwindling Wild Card hopes alive.

The McMahon and Murphy Show

Ryan McMahon must have been frustrated with the way this series had gone this week so he decided to put the team on his back. First, he made this stellar defensive play in the third inning:

In the fourth, he singled home Daniel Murphy to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead before coming around on Garrett Hampson’s second career home run, which, of course, came off Max Scherzer.

After the Nats tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, RyMac sent a jack to deep centerfield to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead, driving in Murphy. Murphy hit a home run of his own in the eighth to cut the Nationals’ lead to 7-6. The two hitters combined to go 5-for-8 with five runs, five RBI, a double, and two home runs.

Jeff Hoffman wins the traid

On the afternoon when former Rockies great Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement, one of the players he was traded for made a big difference for the Rockies. Jeff Hoffman was called up to take Antonio Senzatela’s spot in the rotation and put in an all around good effort. He worked around some significant traffic in the first and third, and got a double play to escape another jam in the fourth. He couldn’t escape unscathed, as he gave up a three-run bomb to Anthony Rendon. However, RyMac’s home run in the sixth meant he was in line for the win until he gave way to Bryan Shaw.

Hoffman’s line for the day: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 95 pitches, 56 strikes. He’ll need to throw more strikes to remain a positive contributor but it was good enough today.

The Bryan Shaw Experience

Bryan Shaw came into the game in the sixth with a 5-3 Rockies lead. Six batters later the Nats were up 6-5. The big blow was a game-tying double from (former Rockie) Gerardo Parra and a go-ahead single from Trey Turner.

Up Next

Having avoided the sweep, the Rockies head west to Cincinnati to take on the Reds for a three-game weekend set. The rotation has yet to be announced for the weekend, what with the doubleheader throwing things off and Jon Gray’s right calf making things uncertain. Luis Castillo will start for the Reds with a 4:40 pm MT start.