Rockies, errors best the Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hit his 14th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Nationals fell 5-4 to the Colorado Rockies. Starter Jordan Zimmermann only went 4.0 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. When he was relieved the score was tied, but the Nats bullpen couldn’t hang on and Carlos Gonzalez scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Rockies ahead for good. Reliever Alan Embree got the win for the Rockies without having to throw a pitch, as he got out Austin Kearns on a pickoff attempt in the eighth. According to STATS LLC, it was the first time a pitcher has gotten a win without throwing a pitch since Baltimore’s B.J. Ryan also had a pickoff against Detroit on May 1, 2003.
“I don’t think I’m as disappointed at the defense as the walks,” Manager Manny Acta said. “I think walks are a curse, and that’s been the recipe for us. We didn’t even have to rely on our defense if we didn’t walk those two guys in that inning. It’s a combination. I think you just got to go after guys and make them swing the bat.”
In other Nationals news:
– The Nationals sign another draft pick, A.J. Morris, drafted with the first pick of the fourth round out of Kansas State.
– As the trade deadline approaches, slugger Adam Dunn will remain with the Nationals through this season
– Pitching Coach Steve McCatty doing wonders for closer Mike MacDougal