DENVER - The Colorado Rockies couldn't come together with the Washington Nationals on a bipartisan deal that would benefit each team. As is the case with all baseball games, there was a winner and loser, the winner was the team more experience on Capital Hill.
The Nationals have had the winning mindset all year as they trail only the Chicago Cubs (who, the Rockies play later this week) for the best record in baseball. Many pundits had already picked Colorado out of the postseason and the club couldn't even filibuster the Nationals efforts. Washington vetoed Colorado's Wild Card hopes Monday, winning 5-4.
The Rockies got it started against the Nationals, taxing the boys from Capital and Mad Max Scherzer for three runs in the first. A single by DJ LeMahieu (that'll be a theme) followed by back-to-back walks had the Rockies plating two on a David Dahl double. Daniel Descalso drove in another and the Rockies were out in front.
Feisty, the Nats were though, netting two in the third as Jayson Werth homered home Scherzer, who reached on single.
Charlie Blackmon answered. Staying hot by hitting his eighth dinger in the last seven days he gave the home team a 4-2 lead.
Another home run came in the sixth as Wilson Ramos scored himself and cut the lead to one. That was just the preamble to the Washington seventh where they scored two and took the lead. Jordan Lyles and Boone Logan combined to allow the two, and despite manager Walt Weiss' best efforts to put his revilers in good positions, they still failed the club. Superstar Bryce Harper hit the go-ahead double in that inning while facing Logan.
"No (I don't see guys getting down)," Weiss said. "Guys have really battled, dealing with multiple challenges at the same time tight, now but the bottom line is we gotta win games, we keep coming up on the short end... But you gotta play your A game for nine innings against a team like that."
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
"I always feel (eager to get things going in the right way). I thought we came out strong against a great pitcher in Scherzer. You get him out of the game after four innings and you like your chances but their bullpen came in and shut us down." - Walt Weiss
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
When's the last time you went 4-4? He's done it three times this year! He had four singles in the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS:
.5oo - The Rockies fell to seven games below .500
4 - De La Rosa allowed four runs on four hits while walking and striking out four.
10 - Charlie Blackmon has four different hit streaks of ten or more games his season.
The Rockies continue their homestand on Tuesday as the Washington Nationals are once again in at Coors Field. It's a 6:40 p.m. MT start and RHP Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.27) will get the ball for the home team, he'll matchup with LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.24).