DENVER - The dog days of summer are here, literally. It was Bark at the Park night on Tuesday in Denver. The Colorado Rockies were good boys and waited out lengthy delay before they played and won against the Washington Nationals, 6-2.
The Nats couldn't bite the Rox, who showed they were more than just bark. Chad Bettis rain-shorted start was ruff, but Chris Rusin's got the ball after the delay and played well. In fact, the Rockies bullpen pieced together six scoreless while the offense produced six runs to catch and kill the Nats.
After two quiet frames to start the ballgame the Nationals were first to get on the board with a two-run third. Coming off three singles and some small ball from the middle of Washington lineup.
The Rockies retorted quickly with a leadoff Charlie Blackmon double in the third inning. DJ LeMahieu brought him home with a 446-foot two-run home run, his ninth on the season which is a career-high. Again Colorado scored in the fifth, mainly because, guess who, LeMahieu. The Rockies second baseman tripled and Nolan Arenado got him home on a groundout.
Although the winning run had already crossed, the game was very much still in the balance, that was until the seventh. A pinch hit Gerardo Parra double followed by a Blackmon walk was just the start. DJ guess who LeMahieu walked to keep it going and Arenado came through with another RBI. After an intentional walk to Carlos Gonzalez, David Dahl plated two more on a pinch-hit double giving the home team a 6-2 lead.
"We played well," Manager Walt Weiss said. "And I feel like we've been playing well but we've come up on short end some. The bullpen did a really good job, it was nice to see the bullpen step up. Chris Rusin especially, anytime you lose your starter early you're gonna have to bridge some innings and he's done a great job in that role."
Not only did the bullpen come through in the clutch, the lineup did as well. The Nats stranded nine while the Rockies only left five on base.
"We got some big hits," Weiss told. "It was a good night."
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
"Yeah, let's bring 'em back tomorrow, I like that St. Bernard I saw up there, I'm a fan of the big dogs," Weiss said following the game about Bark at the Park night. The good news for him is that the biggest dog the Rockies have is going to pitch tomorrow, that being The Gray Wolf.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Have yourself a day DJ. After being named the player of the game last night by this very media outlet he followed up tonight with a 3-3 performance that included a homer, triple and walk.
BY THE NUMBERS:
4 - The Rockies ended a four-game losing skid.
6 - The Rockies are six games under .500.
9 - LeMahieu has reached base in his last nine plate appearances.
2:05 - That's how long the rain delay was.
The Rockies will have a rubber match Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. It's a 1:10 p.m. MT start and RHP Jon Gray (8-5, 4.26) will get the ball for the home team. Gray will matchup with RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-3, 3.07) in a premier pitching matchup.