Nats Subdue Rox, 4-1

All-Star Gio Gonzalez held the Colorado Rockies to one run over 6 innings and the Colorado defense fell apart in the sixth and seventh innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Rockies 4-1 on a stifling hot afternoon in the nation’s capital.  Jeff Francis delivered another quality start for Colorado, allowing 3 runs in his five+ innings of work, taking the loss as Danny Espinosa doubled and Bryce Harper singled against the left-hander opening the sixth, Espinosa scoring on a single off Josh Roenicke by Ryan Zimmerman, with Harper coming home on yet another error by Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario. Zimmerman scored Washington’s fourth and final run after moving to third on a walk to Adam LaRoche and a force-out by Ian Desmond, coming home when Roenicke hit Desmond with a pick-off attempt at first base, the carom eluding over-paid Colorado first-baseman Michael Cuddyer.

The Rockies’ only run scored in the fourth, when the over-paid Cuddyer doubled leading off, moved to third on a ground-out by Tyler Colvin, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Pacheco.  Cuddyer’s run cost Colorado 1.5 times the amount a similar run scored by Minnesota’s Josh Willingham would cost the Twins.

The Rockies’ defense continued to struggle in the seventh, when Nats’ catcher Jesus Flores reached leading-off on a boot by Colorado third-baseman Chris Nelson.  Pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi, attempting to sacrifice, reached on an error by Cuddyer.  Rockies’ reliever Matt Reynolds held things together, striking-out Espinosa and getting Harper to ground into a double-play.

Ryan Mattheus handled the seventh for Washington, striking-out the side.  Sean Burnett allowed a Dexter Fowler lead-off single in the eighth.  Fowler went 3 for 4 for the Rockies.  Tyler Clippard took-over in the ninth and recorded his 14th save in 14 chances, but not before Colorado put runners at first and second with one out.  Clippard then struck-out pinch-hitter Jason Giambi and Nelson to close things-out.

The two teams will play a rubber match tomorrow morning, starting at 11:35 Mountain Time.  The Rockies’ Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.28) will face the Nats’ Jordan Zimmerman (5-6, 2.70) in a battle of right-handers.  Temperatures are not expected to reach 100 degrees for the only time in the series, topping out at 99.  Root Sports will have the telecast with radio on 850 am KOA.

 

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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Jeem, you’re in fine form. Although Jaredean would’ve delivered the same quality for 2/3 the cost.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I get the big Cuddyer bucks, baby.

GrahamCracker
GrahamCracker
8 years ago

Who’s the guy in the picture looks like Giambi’s possible replacement age wise.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Lol. I have to say I love the editorializing we get from you guys as opposed to ITR. Great work. You guys rock even when the ROX don’t.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I disagree Prog.Jeem,you are too good a blogger[journalist/writer/whatever],for the cheap 2nd paragraph.We have no control over contracts,and all here bitched for 6 months for a RH bat for the middle of the lineup.Every “wanta be”major leaguer writing on this site would take that money and run.Cuddyer has not run but rather given a professional effort every game he has played for us.I understand the contract issue,and BIB DOD’s overpaying to get what we all demanded,but IMO it’s a cheap undeserved… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

I agree… with all due respect, the 2nd paragraph kind of screwed up an otherwise fine post. Cuddy is not the problem here. It was management that offered him the inflated contract. Cuddy would be nuts to turn it down. The guy has played well (no superstar, but I don’t think we expected one). Has been a positive voice in the community. Has been a generally friendly presence who plays the game the way it is meant to be played.… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Oh dear. Apparently my attempt at humor here has been TOO subtle. My feelings about Cuddyer are actually pretty much identical to those of Gary + Iggy expressed above. I was actually trying to lampoon those of us RWOers who continue to harp on Cuddyer’s compensation being shall we say “over-market,” when in fact at this point the compensation is irrelevant. Sorry. I think Michael Cuddyer is both an excellent acquisition + a fine player, not to mention a good… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Sorry Jeem… I am becoming less and less perceptive of subtlety the older I get!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Iggy, most excellent data re Dex, Harper. The grass is always greener, eh?

Wyorox
Wyorox
8 years ago

Thanks for the Cuddy support. I think he’s a good ballplayer.

What’s the deal with our defense? Is it coaching? Injuries? Shifting line-up? And can anyone tell me whether Scutaro is just having a bad year or he has always made the occasional big blunder? Or is he just being picked on because his blunders are more visible?

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Wyorox

You have ordinary or less than ordinary defenders at each infield position, including catcher, except when Helton is at first. You see Tracy working at it. I’ve criticized him for deferring too much to Todd, but fact is he likes the defense. Likewise at third it appeared Pacheco had won the position, but now you’ll note Tracy has gone back to the “platoon” of he + Nelson. Again, Pacheco is a nice story, but his D is really substandard. Jonny… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Cuddyer has been fine. We expected him to hit about .280, with about 80 RBIs and about 20 HRs. By the time the season is over, he may be in that ballpark, although the BA is lower than that now. But he was signed with the expectation that he’d be one of our top three outfielders, and that’s not currently the case. So, does Cuddyer play 2/3 of the games at 1B and Todd 1/3 until Todd retires, presumably at… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I think folks here at RWO are just a mite too defensive regarding Cuddyer, and though I am about to critizice his salary, that doesn’t mean that I do not appreciate his hustle and professionalism – because I really do. He just isn’t cost effective for a last place team. This however is a fact – the Monforts can not afford to pay Cuddyer $11.5 per year to be a fourth outfielder or a fill in at first base. The… Read more »

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