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Nationals Keep Pace With 15-6 Bashing Of The Rockies


As the days have passed in the month of August, the Nationals have seen their once commanding lead in the National League East dwindle and now find themselves at 59-59 and 4.5 games behind the New York Mets.

But on Tuesday, they took one step forward in the right direction with a 15-6 bashing of the Rockies in Colorado.

The Nats are 4-12 in their last 16 games, and with approximately 44 games to go, and the Mets playing winning baseball, now may be the best time to turn their recent losing trend around.

The Nationals took advantage of a stadium known to be harsh on any pitcher, and scored in every inning except the second and six in their lopsided victory.

In the first the Nats took an early 2-0 lead, but the Rockies answered right back with three of their own and led 3-2 after one.

The Nats were far from done as they scored two in the third, one each in the fourth, fifth and seventh and four each in the eighth and ninth highlighted by doubles from Ryan Zimmerman (20), Jayson Werth (6), Ian Desmond (20) and two from Danny Espinosa (18, 19). Bryce Harper who has 30 home runs on the season did not record a hit but walked four times and scored four times.

On the mound Jordan Zimmermann won his ninth game by tossing six innings, allowing six runs (4 earned) nine hits, a walk and struck out six batters.

As for the Rockies, they were led by Jose Reyes‘ four hits, Nolan Arenado‘s two doubles (28,29) and Carlos Gonzalez‘s 28th homer of the season.

On Wednesday, the Nationals look to continue to win ball games and get back into the race.

David Conde
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